According to one man, his recent experience at a Pennsylvania church was anything but peaceful. His bad experience was the basis of a premises liability lawsuit that he filed against the diocese in which the church was located.
In his complaint, the man said that he was walking on the church property when suddenly he slipped and fell on some steps with exposed rebar. The man said he suffered serious injuries to his back, neck, right hand and right wrist, as well as other parts of his body. He said that the diocese had knowledge that there was an unsafe condition on the property, but did nothing to correct it. The man sought damages of over $50,000 for his injuries.
Property owners and operators have a duty to maintain their property so that it is safe for visitors. If the property is not safe and a visitor suffers an injury, the visitor may be able to seek damages in court for their injuries.
Property owners and operators are expected to be aware of the condition of their property. Specifically, they are expected to be aware of dangerous conditions within a reasonable time after those conditions develop. After a dangerous condition develops, the owner or operator has a duty to repair it in a reasonable amount of time. The owner or operator could incur liability if this doesn't happen, and injured victims may be able to recover financial compensation to cover the costs of medical treatment and other expenses in a civil lawsuit in Pennsylvania court.
Source: Pennsylvania Record, "Man sues Scranton Diocese after allegedly falling on Sacred Heart steps," Nicholas Malfitano, Aug. 2, 2017