We Buy Houses Lancaster alleges man did not provide enough facts in slip-and-fall claim

By Carrie Salls | Aug 17, 2017

LANCASTER – If its objection is not sustained, We Buy Houses Lancaster LLC could face negligence and liability claims related to an alleged slip-and-fall accident at the company’s E. Walnut St. property, according to a complaint filed July 6 in the Court of Common Pleas of Lancaster County.

Specifically, plaintiff Jesse Gill, a tenant and/or business invitee at the property in question, alleged that We Buy Houses Lancaster was responsible for maintaining the property and ensuring that it was safe for tenants.

Gill said he fell on a “wet and/or slippery substance” that he alleged the company left on steps on the property “for an unreasonable amount of time” on Oct. 1, 2015.

Gill said in the complaint that his injuries, “which are or may be serious and permanent in nature,” include multiple wrist fractures and other injuries that have or could “cause plaintiff great pain and suffering.”

In addition, Gill said his injuries have required and will continue indefinitely to require the payment of medical expenses and have kept him from performing his normal activities.

We Buy Houses Lancaster filed a preliminary objection to the complaint on July 27.

The company said its objection should be sustained because Gill’s complaint does not give enough facts to support his claims.

“The complaint does not plead facts describing or identifying a. the wet and slippery substance (i.e. water, soap, food, oil, slush, etc.) which plaintiff contends was allegedly located on the steps; b. the location on the steps where the substance was allegedly present; and/or c. how and when the alleged foreign substance allegedly came to exist on the steps,” We Buy Houses Lancaster said in its objection.

Since Gill does not provide enough information on what issues will be heard at the requested trial, We Buy Houses Lancaster said it will not be able to adequately response to the allegations raised in the lawsuit.

If the complaint is allowed to proceed to trial, the company said the “plaintiff will be permitted to embark on a fishing expedition to try to come up with facts to support a cause of action.”

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