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Injuries blamed on courthouse's allegedly dangerous property

When people in Pennsylvania are hurt on a property that has not been properly maintained, it is within their rights to seek legal recourse against the property owner and/or other parties in possession of it. In one out-of-state case, a woman claimed she suffered serious injuries when she fell down some stairs at a courthouse. She and her husband recently decided to sue the county government, alleging dangerous property conditons.

According to her complaint, the woman plummeted down some stairs leading to the courthouse's basement. Her fall reportedly caused injury to her upper and lower extremities as well as to her entire body. Specifically, it is alleged that the woman fractured her left leg.

The woman also asserted that she suffered blood clots in the lungs that were life threatening and had to stay in intensive care at a hospital for a period of time. The woman further claimed that she had to undergo surgery along with extensive rehabilitation due to her injuries and had to have a blood filter placed in her injured leg. The ordeal has reportedly caused the woman to experience physical pain, and will continue to do so.

When dangerous property conditions in Pennsylvania cause a person to suffer injuries, which can become disabling and permanent in some cases, the injured party has the right to file a premises liability claim against the property owner, seeking damages. Liability has to be established, based upon evidence of negligence, to the satisfaction of the civil court hearing the case before claims for financial damages will be determined. A monetary award may help the victim to cover his or her medical costs, the loss of wages and other related losses.

Source: semissourian.com, "Couple sue Cape Girardeau County over fall in Common Pleas Courthouse 'dungeon'", Mark Bliss, June 1, 2016

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