When a powerful storm hits an area toppling trees, those downed trees can fall on cars and people seriously injuring or even killing. Strong winds and lightning can cause many trees to snap and fall on houses, damaging the structure and inflicting injuries on the occupants. Two fatalities occurred in Pennsylvania when a tree struck a car, killing the driver and a passenger.
If the tree is old and not healthy, it presents a high risk of falling. Owners of the property, including the city, if a tree is located on the city property, may be held liable for injuries caused by a fallen tree. In Pennsylvania, people struck by trees on another's property can have a claim for money damages. Under Pennsylvania law, owners, occupiers and possessors of land owe a duty to those within the boundaries of their land. In addition, they can be liable for harm caused by the condition of a tree on an adjacent property if the exercise of reasonable care would have disclosed the tree's condition and its risk, and if the condition could have been made reasonably safe. If a tree had been deemed unhealthy and fell onto a car, person or a house during a storm, the owner of the property on which the tree is located may be liable for injuries and damage caused by the tree. Other parties, including inspectors, tree maintenance contractors and the city, may be liable for having a dangerous condition on the property.
The Lassen Law Firm, Philadelphia personal injury attorneys, represents families of people who were killed when falling tree struck them. If you have lost a loved one, call the Lassen Law Firm to learn about a Pennsylvania wrongful death claim in order to recover money damages for your losses. The Lassen Law Firm handles personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death actions and survival actions. We have helped many families recover millions in money damages in wrongful death claims. Call the Lassen Law Firm now to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney.