APRIL 23, 2012 BY SAMUEL FISHMAN
As the winter season approaches, two of the most frequent causes of significant slip and fall injuries appear: snow and ice. Whether it is from recent snow, melting snow, freezing rain, or simply rain left over from the day time that has frozen overnight, walkways that have been left untreated can be extremely hazardous. These conditions often cause unsuspecting people to slip and fall. These falls can result in broken bones, herniated discs, torn muscles, back injuries, neck injuries and more. These injuries can cause significant pain, suffering, and loss. If you have been injured as the result of slip and fall on snow or ice, the Law Offices of Samuel Fishman can help protect your rights and make sure that you receive full and appropriate compensation for your pain and suffering.
One of the first steps that our office will take is an investigation into determining the person responsible for your injuries. Oftentimes, this can include investigations into homeowners, tenants, renters, and management companies. The difference in responsibilities between each can be significant.
Generally, a homeowner will be held responsible for injuries caused as a result of snow or ice left on their property.
Renters and Tenants
Often, the major determination into whether a renter or tenant is responsible for the removal of snow and ice comes down to the type of property at issue. When the property is a single family home, then the renter/tenant is usually responsible for clearing the property. In contrast, when the property is an apartment complex, the apartment complex is usually responsible for the premises. Regardless of the general rule, an examination of the rental/tenant agreement will often reveal the person responsible for the removal of snow and ice.
Rules Regarding Time to Remove Snow Differ Between Cities
Cities generally make their own rules as to how quickly you must remove snow from your property. For example, Philadelphia currently requires that pathways be cleared within six (6) hours after snowfall has ceased. Pittsburgh, on the other hand, currently requires that snow, sleet, or ice be removed within twenty-four hours. While it is important to know the regulations in your town, it is just as important to help your neighbors and remove the dangerous snow and ice as soon as safely possible.
If you have been Injured in a Snow/Ice Slip and Fall Accident then you should call the Law Offices of Samuel Fishman Today!
The attorneys at the Law Offices of Samuel Fishman have been actively and successfully pursuing slip and fall accident claims for over fifteen years. We will fight to make sure that you obtain full compensation for your injuries. Further, the attorneys at the Law Offices of Samuel Fishman will never charge a single cost or fee until you win. Contact us immediately and we will set up a FREE consultation to show you how our office will maximize the compensation available for your injuries. There is no reason for delay! Contact us today!