Defense Verdict for Elizabeth Horneff in Premises Liability Case

Philadelphia Partner, Elizabeth Horneff, received a defense verdict following a six day premises liability jury trial in Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas.  The Plaintiff wife tripped over an area rug at Defendant’s boutique, suffering a knee injury and resulting infection that required two hospitalizations.  Despite admitting that the rug did not comply with the most recent addition of the American Society for Testing and Materials Standards, Defendant’s engineering expert testified that the rug was reasonably safe for pedestrian traffic.  The jury deliberated for three hours before returning a verdict finding Defendant was not negligent.