A premises liability lawsuit against a Philadelphia Lululemon store recently resulted in a $6 million settlement. The victim, patron Allison Friedman, was injured when bricks fell on her from an adjacent building. Even though the bricks came from next door, the Lululemon owner was held responsible.
The incident took place in January 2015 on the corner of Walnut Street and 15th Street in Center City Philadelphia. Friedman was hospitalized after sustaining neck, back and shoulder injuries. She claimed the property owner was negligent for not properly maintaining building safety standards.
Pennsylvania law requires commercial property owners to provide protection to business invitees from dangerous conditions. Property owners must maintain their premises — and nearby areas– in reasonably safe condition and provide warnings of potential dangers. Similarly, building owners must recognize and acknowledge potential dangers which would be discovered in an inspection. The law places this duty on those who can protect the public from harm by controlling dangerous conditions, and thereby prevent injuries such as that suffered by Friedman.
Premises liability protects both customers and employees by encouraging proactive inspection. The law firm of Saltz Mongeluzzi Barret & Bendesky secured the settlement, and argued successfully that the building inspection report revealed that the Lululemon’s owners knew about a pre-existing defect in the building, and that therefore their negligence had caused Friedman’s injuries.
While Friedman eventually received her deserved settlement, the process took several years. Medical and other bills, loss of work and loss of quality of life can spell disaster for the injured. Even now, Friedman still suffers from ongoing pain due to the accident and has a reduced range of motion in her shoulder, due to surgery.
Litigation funding in premises liability lawsuits can assist plaintiffs with medical and other bills and expenses. If you or a loved one are involved in a premises liability case that is financially draining, you can apply for litigation funding.