Injuries Caused by Lighting Deficiencies

Property owners and managers have a legal duty to keep their premises safe. This duty includes ensuring adequate lighting on walkways, parking lots, and other common-use areas. When lighting deficiencies lead to injuries, victims can hold negligent property owners responsible through a premises liability lawsuit.

How Do Lighting Deficiencies Cause Injury?

Lighting deficiencies can cause slip-and-fall accidents. Unlit parking lots and roadways can contribute to motor vehicle collisions. Poor lighting is also a negligent security issue that could increase the likelihood of a crime or assault.

Car accidents, slip-and-fall accidents, and violent crimes can cause severe and catastrophic injuries, including:

  • Broken bones
  • Hip fractures
  • Head injuries
  • Brain injuries
  • Facial injuries
  • Back, neck, and shoulder injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Internal bleeding and organ damage

Who Is Liable for Injuries Resulting from Deficient Lighting?

Accidents caused by lighting deficiencies can happen anywhere, including parking lots, churches, businesses, government buildings, public and private roads and sidewalks, and apartment and housing complexes.

Liability for the accident will depend on the entity responsible for maintaining the property where your injury occurred. Potentially responsible parties may include:

  • A property owner
  • A property manager or management company
  • A commercial or residential tenant
  • A property developer
  • A parent company
  • A government entity

If you were hurt, who is at fault for your injury may affect how much time you have to seek compensation. According to Pennsylvania Statutes 42 § 5524, you generally have two years to file a personal injury lawsuit. However, Pennsylvania Statutes 42 § 5522 only allows six months to act if your claim is against a government entity.

Compensation for Lighting Deficiency Accidents

When those in control of a property fail to maintain safe conditions, injured parties can hold them financially responsible for their losses with a personal injury claim based on premises liability. In general, compensation may include:

  • Medical expenses, including emergency transportation and treatment, hospitalization, medical procedures, medications, mobility aids, medical devices, physical therapy, mental health services, and nursing care
  • Lost income, including lost future earnings and lost earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering, including physical pain, mental and emotional suffering, loss of enjoyment, scarring, disfigurement, and reduced quality of life
  • Wrongful death of a loved one, including their medical bills, funeral and burial costs, and loss of the deceased’s income, future financial support, services, comfort, society, and guidance

Speak with a Personal Injury Lawyer Serving Pittsburgh

If you or your loved one suffered injuries in an accident caused by lighting deficiencies, Ainsman Levine, LLC, can help you build a case and seek compensation. Attorney Richard C. Levine and our firm’s experienced personal injury attorneys can investigate your accident, identify liable parties, and fight for financial justice.

We provide clients with personalized and responsive legal support so they can focus on their health and families. We work on a contingency-fee basis, meaning our services cost nothing upfront or out of pocket. We represent clients in Pittsburgh and across western and central Pennsylvania and can make home or hospital visits. Call today or contact us online for a risk-free, no-cost consultation.