Unpredictable Fall and Winter Weather Means Potential Slip and Fall Hazards
As we’ve already seen this year, fall and winter can be unpredictable, particularly in the Philadelphia region. Sudden storms and temperature shifts can be extreme.
Regardless of the temperature or weather, it is up to property owners, such as business owners, landlords and homeowners to maintain safe walking and driving conditions on their property and sidewalks.
In months like November and December, it can by easy to blow off an inch or so of snow, especially when it looks like it’s going to be above freezing the next day. Yet, constant melting and refreezing can lead to large ice patches that can be extremely dangerous.
Whether shoveling and/or salt is used, property owners must take proper measures to provide a clear path on sidewalks, parking lots and stairs. Not doing so can be considered an act of negligence- Even in erratic weather during late fall and early spring.
Determining fault in a slip and fall case is not so cut in dry in the state of PA. There are several areas that an experienced attorney must consider.
Such considerations include the amount of time between when the dangerous conditions appear and when a slip and fall occurs. Furthermore, the existence of dangerous conditions does not automatically equate to liability.
There are also specific statutes of limitations with slip and fall injuries that must be adhered to in order to file a claim.
For all the above reasons, it is vitally important that you contact an experienced attorney as soon as you are injured in a slip and fall incident. Since conditions are also constantly changing this time of year, it is very important that you try and document the conditions at the time of your injury. A patch of ice that was there at the time you fell can be gone in a matter of hours.
Murray L. Greenfield & Associates have decades of experience representing those who have been injured due to the negligence of property owners. One of our attorneys on staff can review the details of your injury and determine if a claim can be made.
If you’ve been injured, give the law office of Murray L. Greenfield & Associates a call. Our firm works on a contingency fee basis, which means you do not owe money unless we successfully make a recovery in your case.
Have you been injured in a slip and fall? Give our office a call at 215-677-5300 and we will direct you to one of our experienced attorneys right away.