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PA Slip & Fall Lawsuits

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A legal overview of types premises liability lawsuits. Pennsylvania Premises Liability Presentation on Slip & Fall Lawsuits

A legal overview of types premises liability lawsuits. Pennsylvania Premises Liability Presentation on Slip & Fall Lawsuits

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  • 1. PROFITABLE PERSONAL INJURY PRACTICE FEBRUARY 23, 2007 PREMISES LIABILITY CASES By: Pennsylvania Lawyer , JOEL D. FELDMAN, ESQUIRE ANAPOL SCHWARTZ WEISS COHAN FELDMAN & SMALLEY P.C. 1900 Delancey Place Philadelphia, PA 19103 (215) 735-3716 [email_address]
  • 2. I. TYPES of PREMISES ACCIDENT CASES
    • A. Slips, Trips and Falls
    • B. Elevators and Escalators
    • C. Security Issues
    • D. Liquor Liability/Dram Shop
    • E. Construction
  • 3. A. Investigation
    • (1) Plaintiff's interview
    • (2) Preservation of evidence
    • (3) Surveillance
    • (4) On-site inspection
    • (5) Expert
  • 4. B. Potential Defendants
    • (1) Property owner
    • (2) Facilities manager
    • (3) Independent contractor
    • - service contractor
    • (4) Manufacturer and installer
    • - elevator cases
    • (5) General and Sub-contractors
    • - construction cases
  • 5. C. Depositions
    • (1) Corporate designee
    • (2) Videotape deposition of defendants
  • 6. D. Duty of Care
    • (1) Licensee or invitee
    • (2) Possessor of land
  • 7.
    • SLIPS, TRIPS, & FALLS
    • A. Snow and ice
    • Hills and ridges
    • Isolated patches of snow and ice
    • B. Other slippery surfaces
    • - tile, floor finishes
    • C. Coefficient of friction/slip testing
  • 8. II. SLIPS, TRIPS, & FALLS (con’t)
    • D. Stairway accidents
    • (1) Variation in riser heights
    • (2) Tread surfaces
    • (3) Conspicuity of steps/"missed steps"
  • 9. D. Stairway Accidents
  • 10. III. ELEVATORS
    • A. Trips and falls – “Misleveling”
    • B. Door strikes –
    • - door reopening devices
    • - mechanical
    • - proximity
    • - optical
  • 11. III. ELEVATORS (con’t)
    • C. Abrupt stops
    • (1) Pit impact
  • 12. III. ELEVATORS (con’t)
    • (2) Yo-yo effect
    • (3) Stuck between floors
  • 13. IV. SECURITY ISSUES
    • A. No security despite prior history
    • B. Inadequate security
    • C. Poorly trained security personnel
  • 14. III. ELEVATORS (con’t)
    • (D) Proof – Res Ipsa
  • 15.
    • LIQUOR LIABILITY / DRAM SHOP
    • A. Proof of visible intoxication
    • B. Minors/Habitual drunkards
    • C. Social Host Liability
  • 16. V. DRAM SHOP (con’t)
    • D. Relationship to Other Causes of Action
    • (1) Automobile
    • (2) Products liability
    • (3) Governmental entities
    • (4) Highway design
    • (5) Premises liability
  • 17. V. DRAM SHOP (con’t)
    • E. Releases
    • F. Admissibility of blood alcohol content
  • 18. VI. MISCELLANEOUS ISSUES
    • Flammable furniture
    • Video of Couch Fire Test

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