Legal Updates

Rats! Proving a Negligence Case in Philadelphia

Rob Heyman captured this footage of rats running rampant at the Green Egg’s Cafe in Philadelphia.  The owner states that a broken sewer line caused the infestation.  The situation has since been remedied.  Sometimes situations like this can morph into legal action.  For example, if a frequent customer of Green Egg’s Cafe came into my office and had been diagnosed with Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis (LCMV), a viral infections disease that is transmitted through the saliva and urine of rats, then our firm would consider a lawsuit.

Here, it would be difficult to sue Green Egg’s Cafe for damages, even if a regular customer contracted a rat-borne illness.  The Plaintiff is required to prove causation in every negligence action.  An attorney would have to show beyond a preponderance of the evidence, that “but for” their client’s frequenting of Green Egg’s they would not have contracted the illness.  A defense lawyer would almost certainly argue that the healthy rat population in Philadelphia means the illness could have been contracted anywhere.

If you have been wronged by a company in Philadelphia, it’s important to know whether you have a case.  Don’t let the rats get away with it!