Proving you have a good personal injury compensation case may be easier than you think

Many people who are injured in a slip-and-fall don’t know their rights. Often they’ll simply think it was their own fault and therefore they have no case. In a lot of instances this may be true. But if you’ve been hurt in a fall, it’s still a good idea to consult with a lawyer. Attorney Christopher B. Slusser said he and his staff at the Slusser Law Firm in Hazleton will consult with clients to learn the individual attributes of their case and help you receive a just amount of compensation for your pain and suffering.

That’s because it may be easier to get compensated than you realize — even if you’ve encountered an “open and obvious” danger.

Take for example a recent case in New York City. A theatergoer named John Sada slipped and fell on a wet staircase during intermission, then sued the theater for his injuries.
The theater owners argued that they couldn’t be held accountable because they’d been maintaining the theater responsibly and had no realistic opportunity to discover the hazard and address it in time to prevent the injury. To back up their argument, the owners even presented evidence of their maintenance schedule.

However, a New York judge concluded that the case could proceed to trial. According to the judge, evidence of the maintenance schedule wasn’t enough to show the owners weren’t negligent (unreasonably careless). For that, they would have had to show they stuck to the schedule on the day of the accident. Sada also presented evidence that he told an usher about the water on the stairs before he left for intermission, 15 minutes before his fall occurred.

While you might think this would hurt his case — after all, he knew of the hazard well before he decided to navigate it, making it an “open and obvious danger” — the court felt he showed enough to be able to bring a claim against the owners. It remains to be seen what will ultimately happen at trial.

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Slusser Law Firm donates $1,500 to city by waiving invoice

Attorney Chris Slusser donated $1,500 to Hazleton by waiving an invoice for services rendered during the city's legal battle over immigration ordinances several years ago.
Complete details were provided in a story published on November 3 in the Standard-Speaker.
Former Hazleton solicitor donates $1,500 to city by waiving invoice

By Sam Galski

A former Hazleton City solicitor waived a roughly $1,500 invoice his law firm submitted to the city earlier this year for services rendered regarding Hazleton’s neverenforced immigration ordinances.

Council members applauded former Solicitor Chris Slusser after learning earlier this week that the attorney agreed to donate $1,551.50 worth of legal services that the Slusser Law Firm submitted for work regarding the Illegal Immigration Relief Act (IIRA).

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Slusser Law Firm sponsors benefit motorcycle run

The Slusser Law Firm sponsored food that was served before a benefit motorcycle run that delivered hundreds of toys to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center’s South Wilkes-Barre campus.

More than 60 motorcyclists from the N.E. Federation of Clubs ate a hearty meal before hitting the road for a 55-mile ride from the Poconos to Wilkes-Barre. Local children will receive the gifts from the fourth annual toy run during a Morning with Santa community event sponsored by the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Auxiliary on December 3.

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Slusser Law Firm sponsors Hazleton UNICO tournament

The Slusser Law Firm is sponsoring this year's Hazleton UNICO Italian fingers, also known as "Morra," tournament at the ninth annual Bell' Italia Festival on September 18 at Hazle Township Community Park.

The UNICO Hazleton Chapter founded in 1950, was the first chapter in Pennsylvania, and has over 40 active members. Its goal is to provide assistance to area charities with fund raisers and donations.  

UNICO was founded on October 10, 1922 in Waterbury, Connecticut. A group of 15 men, led by Dr. Anthony P. Vastola, came together to create what has become a very special and very proud organization. It was Dr. Vastola's dream to create an Italian American service organization to engage in charitable works, support higher education, and perform patriotic deeds.

The name UNICO was selected as best representing the nature and the character of this fledgling organization. The name is the Italian word for unique, one of a kind. The founders believed that UNICO would be the only one of its kind because it placed service to the community before and above fraternity. At the same time they hoped that the rest of society would come to know and understand the real contributions of Italian Americans to our way of life. Its sole purpose was to unite all Italian Americans and motivate them to become more civic minded. In order to accomplish this, members would have to understand that they would have to make sacrifices, not for personal gain, but for service to others. In the ensuing years UNICO became an acronym that stood for Unity, Neighborliness, Integrity, Charity, and Opportunity.


Photo courtesy of Hazleton UNICO

Slusser Law Firm is sponsoring the annual Italian fingers tournament at the ninth annual Bell' Italia Festival on Sept. 18 at Hazle Township Community Park. Pictured are, from left: Bill Schneider, committee chairman; Mike DeCosmo, UNICO president; and attorney Chris Slusser of the Slusser Law Firm.

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