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City's dangerous property reportedly leads to trip-and-fall

Tripping on someone else's property can lead to serious injuries in Pennsylvania, which may become life-changing in some situations. One woman in a recent out-of-state case said she fell down on dangerous property belonging to a city. She decided to sue the municipality.

The woman, 65, said she was leaving a beauty salon one day and suddenly tripped over a part of the city sidewalk that was broken. The woman claimed she then hit her face on a big tree. This tree had broken the sidewalk and pushed it up. The woman was transported to a medical center by workers at the salon.

The fall caused the woman to suffer a lump to her forehead, and she had red and black eyes due to bruising. The city's attorney recommended that the city settle her lawsuit for $30,000. The city's attorneys said if she had gone to trial and prevailed, she could have been awarded about $100,000. At a mediation, the woman's attorney had demanded a total of $70,000. The woman had previously claimed many orthopedic injuries, as well as headaches, following a trip-and-fall incident a few years prior.

When a city in Pennsylvania fails to take care of its property, including its sidewalks, this can cause pedestrians to trip and become injured, racking up large medical bills. A trip-and-fall might also prevent a person from being able to work, thus causing him or her to lose income as well. Any person who becomes injured on dangerous property due to the negligence of the property owner may rightfully file a suit against the property owner, pursing damages that -- if awarded -- may help to cover his or her accident-related losses.

Source:, "City to settle slip-and-fall for $30,000", Gwen Filosa, July 7, 2015

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