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Philadelphia Slip and Fall Lawyers Discuss Winter Hazards and Proving Liability

December 15, 2016

One of the most common kinds of avoidable accidents are slip and fall accidents on another’s property. Commonly, slip and fall accidents in Pennsylvania happen because icy surfaces were not cleared. Some believe that nothing can be done in such situations, which is not true. Know how to prove liability for a winter slip and fall by following the tips listed below. Premises liability laws in Pennsylvania can be difficult to understand. Simply put, business and home owners have a responsibility to do their best to ensure the safety of anyone entering their property. This includes clearing sidewalks of ice and snow as soon as reasonably possible.

What Should You Do if Hurt in an Icy Slip and Fall Accident in Pennsylvania?

The following information is can help anyone hurt by slipping on icy surfaces. Doing these four things will greatly help in receiving deserved compensation for injuries.

  • Report it – Unlike a car accident, which leaves visible evidence, when slipping on ice, nothing remains. This is especially so if the area is later cleared. So, one of the most important things to do is immediately report it. If it occurred in front of a business, notify the owner or manager. If it happened in front of a private home, call the police. There needs to be a record of when and where the accident took place.
  • Photos and video – Take photos and even a video of the area where the accident occurred. This is especially useful if the section where the accident occurred has not been cleared but the areas adjacent have.
  • Witnesses – If anyone witnessed the fall, receive a statement from them. Be sure to also get their name and contact information.
  • Medical diagnosis – Once the doctor has seen you, be sure to obtain a copy of the diagnosis. Also, when the medical personnel ask what happened, make sure they know the injury occurred because of slipping on ice. This will be included in the report and will be useful later.

Philadelphia Slip and Fall Lawyers at Nerenberg Law Associates, P.C. Advocate for Injured Parties

Philadelphia slip and fall lawyers at Nerenberg Law Associates, P.C represent clients who have been hurt on icy surfaces in Philadelphia, as well as Montgomery County, Delaware County, Bucks County, and Chester County. If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, call us at 215-569-9100 or contact us online.