Residents of the state of Pennsylvania are familiar with the long winter months that often result in snow and ice storms. When a winter storm occurs, snow and ice can pile up on sidewalks, in driveways and parking lots. Of course, this presents a danger to anyone who may walk on these surfaces. When a person slips and falls on snow or ice, they can suffer from serious injuries that often result in long-term effects. When a person does become seriously injured in a snow or ice slip and fall accident, they may be facing overwhelming medical bills, lost wages due to time out of work, and emotional distress.
Who is liable for a snow or ice accident?
Anyone who owns property in Pennsylvania should be aware that it is his or her responsibility to maintain a safe premise, even after bad weather. In the event that someone becomes seriously injured on another person’s property, they may be interested in bringing a personal injury case against the property owner.
How do I hold a property owner liable?
When a property owner fails to maintain a safe property after a winter storm, the injured party often wishes to take legal action in an effort to recover compensation for the burdens they faced as a result of the accident. The injured party will be responsible for fulfilling the burden of proof, meaning that they must show that the property owner failed to clear snow or ice within the period of time allotted by the municpality. It can be challenging to prove that a property owner failed to clear snow within the grace period but with the help of weather reports, witness reports, photos, and videos, the burden of proof can be fulfilled.
If you have been seriously injured in a snow or ice accident in Pennsylvania, speak with an experienced personal injury attorney at Friedmans Schuman who can guide you through your case.
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