Schemery Zicolello

Difficult winter has led to slip-and-fall accidents

At this point in the season, many Pennsylvania residents are likely very sick of winter weather. While every winter can seem dreadfully long, not every winter is so destructive. In fact, this winter rates as the number 3 worst winter in Pennsylvania history. Parts of the state have seen more than 58 inches of snow -- or over 300 percent more than normal -- over the season. Some experts say that more is on the way. In addition to the snow, an ice storm in early February made conditions even more dangerous. Philadelphia, in particular, has had four storms with over eight inches of snow -- which broke the record of three storms with six or more inches in a single season.

Experts are saying people should expect snow on the ground in parts of the state until at least mid-March, however, it could be as late as the spring equinox. As a result of all this snow, salt reserves in the state, which help to keep roads and sidewalks clear is running low and may eventually run out. Many of these storms have hit during rush hours which has compounded the already difficult situation.

While these winter weather conditions are a headache for those that have to encounter them, they are also very dangerous. One emergency room doctor in Pennsylvania has claimed that this is the worst winter for injuries that he has seen in his 30 years working in an Emergency room. In particular, slip-and-fall accidents have led to orthopedic injuries.

Under Pennsylvania premises liability laws, property owners have a duty to keep people safe from snowy and icy sidewalks, parking lots and other spaces. Despite the difficult conditions, these property owners still need to remove hazards that can cause injuries to those visiting their property. Those who have been injured in a slip-and-fall accident this winter should make sure they understand their legal rights to compensation, especially when a negligent property owner has failed to remove snow and ice.

Source: The Inquirer, "Worst winter ever?," Anthony R. Wood, Feb. 23, 2014

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