Slip and Fall

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Inside the Law: Slip and Fall

September 25, 2018 - 3:30 am

By Amy E. Feldman, Judge Technology Solutions​

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- If you slip and fall on someone else’s property, do they have to pay you? 

A Pennsylvania man tripped and fell over a curb at a convenience store parking lot after getting gas. He admitted that the lighting was pretty decent and he could see the rise and step up as he entered the store, but he fell on their property so, you know. 

What? What do you know? 

You know that you see ads on daytime television a hundred times a day telling you that if you’ve tripped and fallen on someone else’s property, they can get you compensation. But can they? 

Not automatically. Just because you slipped doesn’t mean someone else has to pay. You have to prove that the reason you fell was because the property owner was somehow negligent in the way he maintained the property. If there were poor lighting, or a hidden danger like a hole in the parking lot, or other hazard that the owner knew about but failed to correct. But a well-lit curb isn’t a hidden danger, so the court kicked the case to the proverbial curb.