The Northeast has been pummeled with snow recently, and if you’ve been injured in a slip & fall accident due to snow and ice, you are not alone. While sometimes, these accidents are unavoidable, this is not always the case. There are snow removal laws in place to ensure all passersby are safe from hazards. Please continue reading and speak with our Montgomery County personal injury lawyers to learn more about the snow removal laws in Montgomery County and how we can help if you’ve been wrongfully injured in a snow & ice accident.
What are the snow removal laws in Montgomery County, PA?
Here in Pennsylvania, every town has snow removal laws in place. While generally, it is a good rule of thumb to simply clear away any snow on your property as soon as it stops snowing, this is not always possible. Here in Montgomery County, most towns require that individuals clear away their snow within 24 hours of the snow stopping. This is true for residential members of the community, commercial enterprises in the community, and government-or-municipality-owned entities.
What should I do if I’m injured in a slip and fall due to snow & ice?
If you are injured in a slip and fall accident due to a property owner failing to remove snow within the legally-acceptable timeframe, there is a very good chance that you will have a valid personal injury claim. However, you must gather all of the evidence you can to document the facts of the incident. To start, the first thing you should do is call the police to the scene of the accident and notify the property owner of the incident. You should then take pictures of the unsafe conditions before the property owner has a chance to clear them away. You should also ask any witnesses for their contact information. From here, once you are treated at the hospital and receive a copy of all medical documentation concerning your injuries, you should hire a knowledgeable Pennsylvania personal injury lawyer.
What is the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Pennsylvania?
The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Pennsylvania is, generally, two years, meaning you will only have two years from the date of your accident to sue the liable party for your injuries. However, if you were injured on a property that is owned by a municipality, you will have to file a Notice of Claim within a far shorter window of time, which is why it is critical that you speak with your personal injury attorney as soon as possible. We are here to help you today.
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