Philadelphia Snow and Ice Slip and Fall Lawyers
It is common knowledge that driving in the winter can be hazardous. However, it is important to keep in mind that walking in a winter environment can be just as perilous. A slip and fall on snow or ice can result in serious injury or even death – and it can happen anywhere.
When a business, a municipality, or an individual property owner fails to adequately maintain their property, the results can change a fall victim’s life. A property should be safely constructed and free of foreseeable hazards. During winter weather events, ice and snow should be reasonably cleared, and salt should be applied to provide traction for those traveling on foot. If a surface is not safe for any reason, it should be cordoned off to protect the public.
Potentially hazardous surfaces can include:
- Bridge paths
- Outdoor staircases
- Parking lots
- Town squares
- Community common areas
- Interior floors near outside doors
Injuries caused by a fall on ice or snow can range from mild to traumatic. You may endure an injury that is temporarily or permanently disabling. You will need medical attention, time to recuperate, and more. Injuries may include:
- Herniated discs
- Disfiguring lacerations
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Torn ligaments
- Back and neck injuries
- Broken teeth
Property Owners’ Responsibility
Whether a property is owned by an individual, a business, or a municipality, there are responsibilities that must be met to keep the premises safe no matter the weather conditions. Property owners must take reasonable precautions to avoid a slip and fall. Those precautions may include snow and ice removal, warnings placed in slippery areas, maintenance of slippery areas throughout the day, and application of salt.
Compensation for Injuries
When you suffer an injury after a slip and fall on ice or snow, you may be entitled to compensation for your injury-related expenses as well as for pain and suffering.
By filing a premises liability lawsuit, you may be able to recover compensation for:
- Current and future medical expenses – Including doctors’ visits, hospitalization, prosthetic devices, medication, imaging, therapy, rehabilitation
- Pain and suffering – This can include both physical and emotional pain and suffering
- Lost income – You may be entitled to compensation for wages lost due to time out of work
- Diminished earning capacity – If you were disabled, you could recover the amount you might have earned if you had not been injured
- Loss of consortium – Any damage caused by the injury that affects your marital relationship may be considered
- Wrongful death – If a slip and fall accident results in the victim’s death, family members may be able to recover compensation for funeral expenses and other financial losses
- Punitive damages – In some circumstances, injured victims may be awarded punitive damages
Philadelphia Slip and Fall Lawyers at Nerenberg & Gagliano, P.C. Obtain Compensation for Those Injured Due to Snow and Ice
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident caused by poor snow and ice removal, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact a Philadelphia slip and fall lawyer at Nerenberg & Gagliano, P.C. today at 215-569-9100, or complete our online contact form to schedule a free consultation.
Our offices are conveniently located in Center City, Philadelphia. We proudly serve clients throughout Philadelphia, Central Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, as well as those in Montgomery County, Bucks County, Chester County, and Delaware County.