Drexel University has a large campus that if not maintained properly, can result in a serious injury for a visitor, student, or other person that is traversing the campus. Drexel University has an obligation to keep its visitors safe from hazardous conditions that may be present on their property. Failure to keep these people safe can result in liability for their injuries. If you or a family member was injured on Drexel University’s campus, you should consult with an experienced Philadelphia premises liability lawyer today.
The legal team at The Reiff Law Firm is prepared to help you fight your injury case against Drexel University. We understand how an unexpected and severe injury can affect your life, and we are here to represent you. You do not have to fight your personal injury case alone, call The Reiff Law Firm at (215) 392-6142 for a free legal consultation.
Common Campus Premises Liability Claims
Premises liability is a term that encompasses a wide range of legal issues. A premises liability claim typically stems from an accident that occurred on property owned by a person or a business that failed to correct a dangerous condition on their property. While a premises liability claim can stem from several issues, the following is a list of common premises liability claims.
Slip and Falls
Slip and falls are the most common type of premises liability claim, likely because they can occur virtually anywhere. For example, if you suffered a slip and fall accident at Drexel’s campus because the pavement was not properly plowed after a snowstorm, you may have a claim against Drexel University.
Slip and fall accidents can occur for various other reasons:
- Cracked or unstable steps
- Poorly lit areas
- Debris on the floor
- Wet floors in a building that were not cleaned or indicated with signs
Slip and falls can result in a number of injuries. Many people suffer arm and hand injuries in a slip and fall because they were trying to break their fall. Other injuries include bone fractures, head injuries, and back injuries.
It is expected that a large university like Drexel will have a plan to ensure their students, employees, and other visitors on the campus are adequately protected. Unfortunately, the safety measures implemented may not be adequate. Safety measures should include security cameras, guards, and emergency call boxes for those that believe they are in danger or have an emergency.
A lack of security could lead to people being assaulted or worse. Additionally, inadequate security may encourage criminals to break into vehicles or into the living quarters. If you were assaulted or had your property stolen or damaged due to inadequate security, Drexel University may be held liable for your injuries.
Poor maintenance of school equipment is another issue that can result in a serious accident. Many premises liability cases stem from the improper maintenance of elevators or escalators. If you suffered an injury because an elevator, escalator, or another type of equipment malfunctioned, the school would be liable for your injuries.
This is not an exhaustive list of premises liability claims. To learn more about filing a lawsuit for an injury that occurred on Drexel’s campus, you should speak with an experienced Philadelphia personal injury lawyer.
Filing a Premises Liability Lawsuit Against Drexel University
There are various factors that must be considered when filing a premises liability claim against Drexel University. For example, you must determine your status when you were injured on the Drexel campus.
Determining whether you were a visitor or trespasser on campus will help you learn what you need to prove to prevail in your personal injury case. Drexel University would have different burdens regarding your safety if you were invited onto the campus as opposed to sneaking into an area of the campus where you did not belong. However, being a trespasser does not mean that you cannot seek compensation for your injuries.
It is also important to note that premises liability cases must be filed within a certain timeframe to avoid losing the right to file your case. This law is known as the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations on premises liability cases is two years from the date of the injury. However, there may be a way to delay your filing date depending on the circumstances of your case.
Work with a Skilled Drexel University Campus Injury Attorney Today
If you were injured due to hazardous conditions at Drexel’s campus, you should contact an experienced Philadelphia personal injury attorney today. At The Reiff Law Firm, our attorneys possess decades of combined legal experience, and we would be proud to use this experience to represent you. To schedule a free legal consultation to discuss your claim, call The Reiff Law Firm at (215) 392-6142, or contact us online.