If you're old enough to remember the early days of Saturday Night Live with Chevy Chase, you can remember all the laughs that Chevy got when he did his pratfalls, mimicking the then President Gerald Ford (who wasn't really as clumsy as he was depicted). But in real life, fall downs are no laughing matter.
We've all experienced unevenness in a sidewalk, one block higher than the one next to it. A small unevenness, not seen until it is too late, can cause one to trip and suffer a serious injury: a fractured bone, ruptured/torn ligaments, muscles or tendons, damage to a joint, and/or a head injury. A very important decision in favor of the victim was handed down by the Pennsylvania Superior Court on January 15, 2015 in the sidewalk defect case of, Reinoso v Heritage Warminster and Kohl's Dept. Stores. The Court, sitting "en banc" (i.e. the full court, not just a 3 judge panel of the court), held that the trial court had erred in deciding, as a matter of law, that a sidewalk unevenness which measured only between 5/8 and 1-1/8 inches, was too "trivial" to allow the victim to recover damages. The Bucks County trial court thus erred in throwing the case out of court rather than letting the case go to trial and be decided by a jury. At Goldman Law Offices, we have substantial experience in recovering money for clients injured in fall downs and many other types of incidents.