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Lafayette Hills couple sues restaurant for premises liability

We've discussed before how attorneys for defendants in premises liability lawsuits commonly seek to have cases moved from state to federal court because the damages sought by the plaintiffs are expected to exceed $75,000. That is the case for a lawsuit brought by a husband and wife from Lafayette Hills, Pennsylvania.

The lawsuit says that the plaintiffs are seeking compensation for damages after the wife suffered injuries in a P.F. Chang's China Bistro in June 2012. According to the lawsuit, an unspecified "defective condition" of the premises caused the woman to fall and suffer a leg fracture that required surgery and diminished her ability to work.

The couple claims the restaurant chain failed to warn patrons about the dangerous premises and was negligent in maintaining the safety of the property. The negligence claim reportedly doesn't say exactly what caused the plaintiff to trip and fall.

In compensation for damages, the couple's lawsuit is seeking $50,000, but the attorneys for the restaurant chain say that the case falls under federal jurisdiction because the plaintiffs are now seeking an amount higher than $75,000.

Sometimes the total costs arising from a slip-and-fall injury are not immediately apparent. An attorney with experience in personal injury claims can help an injured party outline all of the costs resulting from the injury, as well as handle court proceedings with a view toward maximizing compensation.

Determining all sources of liability in a premises liability case typically requires a thorough investigation, and to build the best possible case, Pennsylvania residents who have been injured in a slip-and-fall accident may want to seek legal assistance soon after an injury occurs.

Source: The Pennsylvania Record, "P.F. Chang's China Bistro sued by Pa. couple over wife's broken leg," John Campisi, Jan. 15, 2014

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