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What Happens if You Are Injured at the David Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh?

From the Home and Garden Show to cheerleading competitions, Pittsburgh’s David L. Lawrence Convention Center (DLCC) serves as an attractive location for local events. However, with so much activity, it is inevitable that accidents will occur at the facility. These incidents can be limited to one individual or involve major damage, such as the beam failure that occurred in 2005.

People who suffer slip and fall injuries and other types of harm at the DLCC can seek compensation in a personal injury claim against the negligent party. However, it might seem difficult to determine who bears legal responsibility. Potential defendants can include:

  • Exhibitors — During exhibitions and other events, individual operators usually must agree to take responsibility for the areas, equipment, and personnel that they control. When someone is injured because of a defective presentation or the activity of an exhibit worker, the exhibitor is a likely defendant in a claim for legal relief.
  • Sports and Exposition Authority — Like Heinz Field and PNC Park, the Pittsburgh Sports and Exhibition Authority (SEA) has direct responsibility for the overall condition and maintenance of the DLCC. The SEA is overseen jointly by the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, but is not a government body.
  • City of Pittsburgh — The city does not own or operate the DLCC, but in certain instances, municipal personnel might be working at the facility in their official capacity. If a potential legal action exists against the City of Pittsburgh, sovereign immunity laws apply and Notice of Claim must be filed.

If you’ve been hurt during a trade show or another type of activity at the DLCC, don’t hesitate to seek advice from a qualified Pittsburgh personal injury lawyer. The McClelland Law Group, P.C. represents Pennsylvania clients in premises liability and other personal injury litigation. Please call 412.391.7343 or contact us online  to schedule a free initial consultation at our downtown office, located two blocks from the Pittsburgh City-County Building.

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