Cold weather brings the possibility of ice and snow. Property owners are required to maintain their premises and remove ice and snow as soon as possible so that pedestrians do not experience a slip and fall accident. Some people may experience serious or fatal injuries because of a slip and fall on ice or snow. Such injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Severe bruising
Those injured in a slip and fall accident from ice and snow may recover damages for their medical expenses, as well as lost wages if the accident prevented them from working. In certain instances, it is possible to recover damages for the pain and suffering caused by the injury.
Documenting a Slip and Fall Injury
When you fall and injure yourself, it is critical to prove how the accident occurred. It is wise to use your phone to photograph or record the surroundings, especially the condition of the property at the time of the fall. If the temperature climbs higher later in the day, the ice and snow can easily melt, and there is no proof of the adverse conditions. If there are witnesses, obtain their names and contact information. Report the accident and the dangerous condition of the property to the owner at once. Avoid the instinct to clean off your shoes and clothing. You may need these items later to prove your case.
Snow and Ice Liability
While property owners are required to maintain their premises in a safe manner, that does not mean they are automatically liable if there is an accumulation of ice and snow on their property. No one can remove heavy snow as it is accumulating. In New Jersey, snow and ice removal laws are left to municipalities, and in such a densely populated state, what holds true in one town may not hold true in the adjacent community.
Homeowners are not held to the same standard of liability as commercial property owners. If the fall occurs on the property of a government entity, it may be difficult to sue for such injuries. To prove negligence in any slip and fall case, the victim must prove that the owner knew of the unreasonable hazard and was negligent in creating a safe premises by not fixing or removing the hazard.
Cherry Hill Slip and Fall Lawyers at DiTomaso Law Seek Justice for Victims of Slip and Fall Accidents
If you or a loved one suffered a serious injury due to a slip and fall accident, you need the services of the experienced Cherry Hill slip and fall lawyers at DiTomaso Law. Call us today at 856-414-0010 or contact us online for a free consultation. With locations in Philadelphia and Cherry Hill, New Jersey, we serve clients from the surrounding areas, including Mt. Holly, Camden County, South Jersey, and southeastern Pennsylvania.