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State Representative sues constituents in slip-and-fall suit

A slip-and-fall accident can occur just about anywhere, whether it is at a grocery store, shopping mall, public sidewalk or a neighbor's property. And as Maryland residents know, a slip-and-fall accident can happen to anyone, even those in great shape.

In an unusual case, a legislative representative in another state who was just elected in November has filed a slip and fall suit against two couples. One couple owns the property, and the other couple currently resides at the property. The representative was injured when he was jogging on March 22, 2011, when he slipped and fell on defective sidewalk outside the home.

The representative's suit seeks $50,000 in damages as a result of medical expenses due to the incident. The representative claimed that he did not have health insurance at the time to cover his injuries, which included a bruised elbow and slightly separated shoulder.

The home at which the injury occurred is part of the representative's West Scranton, Pennsylvania, district.

A "slip and fall" suit is a type of personal injury case where a person slips and falls on someone else's property and is injured as a result. These cases are part of a wider group of cases known as premises liability claims. The people who own or possess the property may be held legally responsible if a court finds that their negligence caused the injury. Negligence may be found if the injured person proves the owners or possessors knew of a dangerous property condition that caused the injury but did not properly fix it.

Source: The Pennsylvania Record, "Newly elected state rep. hits constituents with 'slip-and-fall' suit," John Campisi, Jan. 2, 2013

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