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Philadelphia Slip & Fall Law – Government Liability for Sidewalk Accidents (Part B)

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Pennsylvania Government Liability for Sidewalk Defects

Pennsylvania courts, in construing liability of state or local government entities, require a defect of a sidewalk to originate from the sidewalk itself. It is difficult to make a claim that a government agency is liable for snow/ice accumulations or food/debris on a sidewalk because these things do not generally originate from the sidewalk. Rather, liability stems from defects of and not just merely on the sidewalk, such as:

  • broken concrete pieces,
  • uneven areas,
  • excessive water/snow/ice accumulation due to a defect of the sidewalk or adjacent property (grade/sloping issues) and
  • missing blocks/tiles.

Pennsylvania Sidewalk Accident Claim Notice Requirement

In a sidewalk fall down (or trip and fall) accident case against a government agency, whether state or local, Pennsylvania law requires that the injured person serve notice on the proper government agencies, which includes the Attorney General’s office (in cases involving state agencies).

This notice must be filed within 180 days of the accident. It must contain certain information, such as the address of the injured person as well as a list of medical providers. Failure to file the notice may result in denial of the claim.

For more information, access Part A of this article discussing Pennsylvania government liability for sidewalk accidents.

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