SNOW / ICE
SLIP & FALL
"1 million Americans are injured annually as the result of falling on ice and snow, resulting in about 17,000 fatalities every year"
Expert Pennsylvania Snow/Ice Slip & Fall Accident Attorneys.
Homeowners and business owners have a responsibility to keep their property in a reasonably safe condition for customers, visitors, and guests. The same is true when it comes to snow and ice accumulation. Although property owners are not expected to remove these and other hazards in the middle of a storm, they generally need to do so once the storm ends.
Parking lots, driveways, steps, and sidewalks are some of the most common areas where snow and ice may collect and pose a risk to pedestrians. If a property owner is expecting a heavy storm, there are reasonable steps that can be taken to protect the public. They may include anything from salting and de-icing the slippery surface to using warning signs and closing off particularly hazardous areas. Slip and fall accidents can cause a wide ranger of serious injuries.
Have you been injured in a fall on ice or snow? Whether they’re triggered by slippery surfaces, defective construction, or other unsafe circumstances, the legal team at Daly & Clemente knows that most falls are preventable. That’s why we’re here to hold negligent property managers and owners accountable.
If you are a victim of a negligent property owner or if your loved one has passed away as a result of one, it is important to remember that the attorneys at Daly & Clemente are here to help.
Our attorneys at Daly & Clemente have a successful history of handling claims involving injuries resulting from falls on snow and ice. While each case is unique and faces its own hurdles, our attorneys are committed to helping victims recover compensation for their losses. To learn more about how our attorneys may be able to help, please fill out our no-cost case review form today.
COMMON INJURIES FROM SLIP & FALL
A slip and fall accident may cause relatively minor injuries like a sprain or bruising or severe injuries such as:
Fractures (broken bones)
Spinal cord and nerve injuries
Traumatic brain injuries
Such injuries could result in significant medical bills, time away from work, and other life-altering problems. In some of the worst cases, slip and fall accidents can cause irreversible brain damage or spinal injuries that require surgical repair.
Regardless of the nature of your accident, you need to see a doctor right away after a slip and fall. Failure to obtain medical treatment may not only aggravate your injuries, but it could also jeopardize your ability to collect compensation later.
Ice can be treacherous.
THAT'S WHY YOU NEED OUR EXPERIENCED ATTORNEYS
Not all slip and fall accidents automatically result in liability for the property owner. Pennsylvania is prone to nasty winter weather conditions, so requiring a landowner to keep its premises free of ice and snow at all times would be impractical. Generally, state law requires an owner to remove a dangerous condition within a reasonable amount of time after receiving notice about it.
The first thing an injury victim will want to investigate is whether a local ordinance could apply to their situation. Some municipalities require that ice and snow be removed from parking lots and sidewalks within 24 hours after a winter storm. As with all slip and fall accidents, documenting the time of injury is a critical step in holding the property owner liable.
Pennsylvania has also developed what is known as the “hills and ridges doctrine” to determine whether a property owner may be held liable after a snow- or ice-related slip and fall. The hills and ridges doctrine limits the liability of potential defendants in certain cases. For example, it provides that a property owner is not liable for falls resulting from generally slippery conditions. That means no owner responsibility when conditions such as freshly fallen snow or black ice are at fault, since this would place an impossible burden on landowners to immediately respond to every snow or ice event.
In order to recover compensation after a slip and fall accident related to snow or ice, the injured party must establish the following:
Snow or ice accumulated to the extent that it presented an unreasonable risk of injury to pedestrians. In other words, there are natural accumulations of snow or ice in the form of hills, ridges, and other elevated features.
The property owner knew, or reasonably should have known, about the dangerous condition. As with premises liability cases more generally, a property owner cannot turn a blind eye to obvious hazards.
The snow or ice accumulation caused the slip and fall accident and resulting injuries. That means the unreasonably dangerous condition must actually be the reason the victim slipped and fell.
GET MEDICAL ASSISTANCE
DOCUMENT THE ACCIDENT SCENE WITH PHOTOS & VIDEO
TALK TO THE PERSON IN CHARGE OF THE PROPERTY
FOLLOW YOUR DOCTOR'S ADVICE
TALK TO A PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY
DO NOT SPEAK TO AN INSURANCE ADJUSTER
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I FALL?
If you were injured in a fall that was caused by a property owner’s negligence, there are several steps you can take to protect your rights.
Arrange for transportation to an emergency room. Get help from EMTs if you need it. You can make an injury worse if you try to move without professional assistance.
Use your mobile phone to take pictures of any obstructions, wet spots, or other hazards that contributed to your fall. Get the names of all witnesses who saw you fall.
If you can do so without impairing your health, tell the manager or property owner that you want a copy of any accident investigation report that they prepare.
If your doctor wants you to participate in physical therapy or to undergo tests, do what the doctor prescribes. Ending treatment prematurely will impair your ability to recover the full amount of compensation you deserve.
Your lawyer will want to conduct a full investigation. You will need to sign a release so your lawyer can obtain copies of your medical records. Only after the full extent of your injury is known can your personal injury attorney assess the settlement value of your claim.
If the insurance adjuster on behalf of the business where you were injured contacts you, consult an attorney immediately. Saying the wrong thing to an insurance adjuster can damage your ability to recover compensation.
What is my case worth?
~ BREAKING DOWN THE VALUE OF A SLIP & FALL ACCIDENT CASE ~
Every case is unique. To begin to calculate the value of your slip & fall on snow or ice accident case you must determine every loss and expense incurred by the accident.
Our experience means that our firm is more able to accurately achieve the fairest settlement or jury award for your injuries.
When you suffer serious, long-term injuries it is important to work closely with economic experts to ensure that your compensation demand takes into account all future expenses and inflation. This allows our clients to resolve their cases knowing that they and their loved ones will be taken care of for decades to come.
POTENTIAL DAMAGES INCLUDED IN YOUR RECOVERY
Past & future medical expenses, such as: medication; therapy; diagnostic scans; treatment injections; and surgeries.
Specialized medical equipment.
Past & Future lost wages / lost earning capacity.
Past & future pain & suffering.
Embarrassment and humiliation.
Significant disfigurement and scarring.
Past & Future loss of enjoyment of life and life’s pleasures.
Other injuries and damages suffered as a natural and probable result of the said personal injuries.
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Confidential settlement with multiple defendants.
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Settlement with multiple defendants during trial.
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Settlement on eve of trial with a waiver of workers comp lien.