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Can I hold a property owner responsible for my personal injury?

Suffering an injury on another person's property can be a difficult and confusing experience. In many cases, Pennsylvania property owners will try to subvert their own negligence by placing the blame on victims, claiming that they were irresponsible or careless. It is easy for those struggling to recover from a personal injury to feel intimidated by such tactics.

It is important to understand that property owners have a legal responsibility to maintain a safe environment on their properties. What qualifies as a safe environment might vary depending on the property and its use, but in general most people understand when an owner neglects to do his or her part. For instance, if someone fails to correct a loose stone in a walkway or display adequate signage concerning a wet floor, then they are likely responsible for any injuries that occur because of those situations.

However, liability for these types of injuries also considers the actions of victims. For instance, whether the visitor was invited onto the property as a customer or social guest might also play a role in determining negligence. Whether the person had a right to be on the property may influence liability as well, although it does not rule out the possibility of compensation. If owners understand that trespassers are likely to enter their property, they must still provide adequate warnings for potential risks.

With respect to a few exceptions, property owners are typically responsible for a personal injury that takes place on their property. Pennsylvania victims may take proper legal action against negligent property owners, which typically takes the form of a premises liability suit. When successfully pursued to completion, these claims are effective at achieving compensation for medical bills, lost wages and long-term pain and suffering.

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