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Slip and Fall Accidents on Snow and Ice

Personal injury lawyerIf you have suffered an injury due to winter weather conditions, you should contact the Philadelphia slip and fall lawyers from the Wieand Law Firm, LLC. Ice and snow on sidewalks, stairs, and driveways are frequent winter hazards. Injuries from these falls can be serious and require a long recovery time. Slip and fall lawyers from our firm can help you recover damages from the injuries you sustained in a winter slip and fall accident. 

Common Injuries from Winter Slip and Falls 

It’s easy to sustain a serious injury from a winter slip and fall accident. If you sustained an injury, be sure to seek medical help immediately. Common injuries that our slip and fall lawyers see include: 

  • Fractures – commonly of the arm, leg, ankle, ribs, or foot 
  • Bruises  
  • Back injuries 
  • Neck or spinal cord injuries 
  • Traumatic brain injures – such as a concussion  

These injuries can be quite traumatic and require medical interventions, including surgeries or physical rehabilitation. Many people may be unable to work for a time following their injury and lose wages. Slip and fall lawyers can seek compensation for injuries sustained from a fall on ice or snow when it was caused due to someone else’s negligence. You may be able to obtain compensation for 

  • Hospital bills 
  • Physician bills 
  • Cost of durable medical equipment (such as a hospital bed) 
  • Cost for physical therapy and rehabilitation 
  • Pain and suffering
  • Compensation for lost wages 

Steps to Take After a Slip and Fall on Ice: 

  • Seek medical attention for your injuries and have them documented by a medical professional 
  • Contact a slip and fall lawyer about your legal rights. Slip and fall lawyers at the Wieand Law Firm can discuss the merits of your case and whether you are able to file a claim.  
  • Speak with any witnesses to obtain their contact information  
  • Report the slip and fall to the property owner or manager 
  • Use your cell phone to take pictures of the accident location. Winter conditions can quickly dissipate, and it’s important to document the condition of the property at the time of the accident. 

What is the Pennsylvania Hills and Ridges Doctrine? 

The Hills and Ridges Doctrine provides that rules for which a property owner can be held liable for slip and falls in winter conditions. To be held responsible, the property owner must have allowed for snow or ice accumulation that was excessive and large enough to obstruct travel, creating danger for pedestrians. Secondly, the property owner knew or should have known about the existence of these conditions on their property. Finally, the reason for the fall was because of the snow and ice.  

In some circumstances the hill and ridges doctrine does not apply. For example, if a defect in a sidewalk from improper maintenance led to the layer of ice on a sidewalk, the plaintiff may still have the grounds for a claim. Seeking the advice from slip and fall lawyers from the Wieand Law Firm can help you understand if your situation has merit to bring a claim.  

Free Consultation with our Slip and Fall Lawyers  

Contact the slip and fall lawyers at the Wieand Law Firm today for a free consultation. Our attorneys will spend time to understand the specific circumstances surrounding your case and develop a legal strategy to obtain the best possible outcome. Our services are risk free; we only get paid if we earn money for you. Call us today at 215-666-7777 or send us a message to speak directly with an attorney.  

 

 


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