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November 14, 2014

The Accumulation of Snow and Ice can Cause Actionable Slip and Fall Accidents

slip and fallAs any Philadelphia resident who has been through a winter is well aware, northeastern winters often involve severe storms and freezing temperatures. When these conditions exist, snow and ice can accumulate on various surfaces, potentially causing falls that may result in injury. In some cases, individuals who are injured in these accidents can recover for their medical expenses and other damages by bringing a personal injury claim. Because premises liability claims [1] can be extremely complicated and highly contested, it is important for victims to discuss their options with an experienced personal injury lawyer. Often, the assistance of an attorney can have a significant impact on the outcome of a case and can result in much greater recovery than victims would be able to obtain representing themselves.

When is a property owner liable?

Winter storms and the accumulation of snow and ice are a reality of living in the Philadelphia area. As a result, the law does not require As a result, the law does not impose the requirement that property owners remove any accumulation of snow or ice that occurs on their property. Instead, the “Hills and Ridges [2] doctrine requires that property owners prevent accumulations to the extent that there are elevations or ridges that obstruct travel. In addition, the law requires that the property owner knew or should have known about the condition in order to impose legal liability. Finally, it must also be established that accumulation of snow or ice is what caused the victim to fall.

Injuries that people can sustain in a slip and fall accident can be serious

In most cases, a person who is injured in a slip and fall accident suffers little more than a sore bump and perhaps some embarrassment. In other cases, however, a slip and fall accident can result in serious injuries. Some of these include:

These injuries have the potential to result in significant medical expenses, missed work, physical pain, and emotional suffering. Fortunately, an attorney can often help victims recover for these and other losses.

[1] http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Premises_liability

[2] http://www.jdsupra.com/documents/11b80304-13d6-41e3-9d16-e19e6a09d6c7.pdf

[3] http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/traumatic-brain-injury/basics/definition/con-20029302

 

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