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Judge rules in favor of store following frozen-pizza induced fall

Slip-and-fall cases in Hoover can be unique in that they typically need to involve some level of negligence or oversight on the part of a property owner in order to be valid. A good example might be a spill on a floor that creates slick conditions that the property owner is aware of, yet fails to address in a timely manner. Yet what about those cases that many might view as being simple accidents. The victims in such cases might have legitimate claims that the owners of the properties they were injured on failed to maintain safe conditions, while those same properties respond by saying that the victims did not exercise sufficient care. 

Such were the claims being made by both sides of a slip-and-fall lawsuit that was recently argued in Pennsylvania. The plaintiff was a woman injured after tripping over a pallet containing cases of water at a local grocery store. She claims she was unable to see the pallet, yet not so much because it was not in plain view, but rather because she too focused looking for frozen pizza. The store (the defendant in the case) responded by saying that pallet was clearly visible and that the woman was at fault for simply not paying attention. 

The store pushed for a summary judgment to the case, which the judge hearing the matter issued in its favor. This story should not, however, deter people who believe they have legitimate premises liability claims from taking action. Rather, it may demonstrate the need to have evidence supporting a claim of negligence beyond a simple assertion of perceived responsibility. Those looking to push such claims forward may first want to see out the services of an experienced attorney. 

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