When the weather turns nasty, blowing snow, sleet freezing rain across the Keystone State, the chances of slipping or tripping and being injured in the resulting fall increase significantly. If you are walking out in the weather, like the nor'easters that smacked Pennsylvania this winter, there is not much that can be done. However, if someone has created a hazardous condition by failing to clean up after a storm hits, and you slip and hurt yourself in a fall, you may have recourse for your injuries.
This is because businesses, building owners and homeowners have a duty to keep areas where the public is expected to walk free from hazards. In many cases, municipal ordinances dictate how soon an owner must clear a sidewalk of snow and/or ice. But even if there is no ordinance, the duty to keep public areas safe still exists. The legal term for this is premises liability.
The concept of premises liability basically means that the owner of an area in which the public is welcome can be held liable for any injuries that result from unsafe conditions. In winter, hazardous conditions aren't always outside. Boots and shoes can track snow into buildings, which melts and creates slippery floors in public areas. This can be considered a hazardous condition, as well.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a slip and fall accident that occurred due to someone else's negligence or lack of maintenance, you may be owed compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and other damages resulting from the accident. Your best course of action in such a case is to contact a seasoned premises liability attorney, like the Law Firm of Leisawitz Heller. Visit our website's dedicated premises liability page to see how we can help you get the compensation you deserve.