Philadelphia, PA / January 22, 2019 / -- Winter is here, and that means ice and snow for Pennsylvania residents, so Philadelphia slip and fall accident attorney, Rand Spear, took some time to discuss what happens and who is responsible if you have a slip and fall accident due to icy conditions.
Pennsylvania Laws Regarding Slip and Falls Accidents on Ice or Snow
The winter season brings snow regularly and heavily in Pennsylvania. Because of that, the state does not always require that home and business owners keep their sidewalks free from ice and snow at all times because it would simply be impossible to do so. There are cases when property owners are found to be liable for slip and fall accidents that occur on their premises. It’s important to consult with a slip and fall lawyer immediately, to advocate for you regarding your injuries.
Pennsylvania’s Hills and Ridges Doctrine
Additionally, there is a stipulation regarding icy and snowy areas in Pennsylvania that can make recovering damages easier for you and your attorney. It’s called the Hills and Ridge Doctrine. The doctrine allows that property owners can be held liable in slip and fall cases if they allow ice or snow to accumulate in hazardous ridges or elevations, and they leave them for an unreasonable amount of time.
According to the doctrine, a plaintiff has to be able to prove that the dangerous hills or ridges caused the fall and injury.
Further, the Hills and Ridges Doctrine requires proof that:
- Ice and snow that accumulated on the sidewalk or walkway in elevations or ridges did so in such size and character that they unreasonably obstruct travel and are hazardous to pedestrians.
- The owner of the property knew or should have known, about the hazardous condition.
- It was, in fact, the accumulation of ice or snow that caused the person to slip and fall.
Seek Help from a Slip and Fall Accident Attorney for Winter Falls
Because the details of slip and fall accident claims can be complicated, seeking the help of an attorney in these cases is in your best interest.
If you or a loved one has suffered a slip and fall injury in Pennsylvania as a result of ice or snow, it’s important that you contact an experienced slip and fall accident attorney to get started with your case. Pennsylvania's Rand Spear can help you with your claim at 215-985-2424.
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