Winter is here. No, we aren’t quoting the famous line from HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” Winter is really here in the Keystone State. Now that we’ve broken your hearts with that statement, let’s talk about the dangers of winter – slip and fall accidents.
During the winter, slip and fall accidents are prevalent across our region. Pennsylvania sits in that perfect spot on the map where we see a variety of winter weather, including snow, sleet, freezing rain, and extremely cold temperatures. Because of that, the outside conditions can be dangerous at any moment.
WHAT TO WATCH OUT FOR
Some of the most common slip and fall accidents to happen in Pennsylvania include slipping or tripping on slick surfaces that property owners fail to treat, such as sidewalks, parking lots, driveways, and entrances to homes or commercial buildings. It only takes a few moments for this negligent behavior to occur, especially when the person responsible for the property in which you slipped and fell knew about the dangerous conditions and failed to act upon them.
It is the responsibility of the property owner to keep their premises well-maintained and reasonably safe for others. If another person is injured because of unsafe conditions, the property owner might be liable for what happens because they should have been aware of the circumstances in the first place. The person responsible for clearing their property of hazardous winter weather conditions can vary:
- A homeowner who didn’t clean off the snow and ice from the path leading to their front door;
- City or town officials who didn’t have the snow or ice removed from the walkways in a park;
- Or a small business owner who didn’t put ice melt down even though they knew the weather was bad and decided to stay open for the day.
When it comes to slip and falls, there’s a lot that can go wrong. As a property owner, you should always make sure your premises are clear from snow and ice. You never know when someone will get injured.
COMPENSATION FOR YOUR INJURIES
If you are a victim of a slip and fall injury in Pennsylvania, you should seek medical attention immediately. Only after you are examined by a doctor or medical professional, should you seek the legal services of a personal injury lawyer to get you compensation for your injuries.
The compensation and damages related to your injuries are dependent upon how severe your injuries are. Winter slip and fall injury victims are typically entitled to medical expenses, loss of current and future earnings, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.
Fellerman & Ciarimboli Can Help
Winter slip and fall accidents in Pennsylvania can be deadly. When they happen, you’re going to need a lawyer on your side that you can trust. At Fellerman & Ciarimboli, we’ve been helping victims of winter slip and fall incidents for years. We will get to the bottom of your case, securing the compensation you need so you can move on with your life. Contact our firm today for a free consultation of your case.