As the unseasonably mild weather gives way to snow, sleet and freezing rain, pedestrians are at an increased risk of suffering slip and fall accidents on untreated surfaces. Philadelphia slip and fall lawyers note that such accidents can cause serious injuries and, in some cases, even death.
In the midst of a winter storm it is always best to remain safely indoors. When travel cannot be avoided, use extreme caution when entering and exiting a vehicle, as many businesses and municipalities will not plow or shovel roads and walkways until a storm has passed. Wear sturdy boots or shoes, and use handrails for support if any are available.
Unfortunately, many slip and fall accidents occur when a victim does not suspect a dangerous condition still exists. During the height of a storm, the hazards are obvious and pedestrians will tread carefully. Days or even weeks later, those same hazards may persist, but are much less obvious. Sidewalks, paths and stairs that were merely wet with melting snow can quickly freeze after sundown. Moreover, when snow is tracked indoors, it can create a slippery surface if puddled water is not quickly removed.
Property owners and employers have a duty to keep all driveways, parking lots, sidewalks and walkways clear of snow and ice. Failure to do so can give rise to a personal injury claim.
Philadelphia Slip and Fall Lawyers at Law Offices of Jay L. Edelstein Represent Winter Weather Slip and Fall Victims
Pedestrians must use caution when slippery conditions are reasonably foreseeable, but property owners are legally required to take steps to keep bystanders safe. If you or a loved one has been injured in a preventable slip and fall accident, our Philadelphia slip and fall lawyers atLaw Offices of Jay L. Edelstein can pursue compensation on your behalf. Call 215-893-9311or 856-809-3150 or contact us online to learn your legal options. At our offices in Philadelphia, we represent slip and fall victims throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.