Falling Accidents from Ice & Snow
Philadelphia Slip & Fall Attorneys Help Those Injured by Ice
The Pennsylvania and East Coast winters are notorious for ice storms, sleet, freezing rain, and snow storms. While these storms can be so beautiful to watch from the inside of your home or office, they also cause catastrophic, life-altering injuries or even death to people going about their lives on the outside, including both pedestrians and automobile drivers.
Snow, ice, or icicles falling from homes, buildings, trees, cars, trucks, or highway overpasses can cause severe and life-changing traumatic brain injuries, skull fractures, paralysis, chest or heart injuries, and even death. In some cases, falling slabs, icicles, or sheets of snow are the result of a property owner's negligence. If you or a loved one was injured by snow or ice, either by being struck by it or slipping on it, turn to the leading slip and fall lawyers at The Beasley Firm.
Since 1958, our legendary premises liability firm in Philadelphia has changed the lives of countless clients because:
- We've secured more than $2 billion in compensation for clients.
- We have more than 300 verdicts & settlements larger than $1 million.
- Our lawyers have all been selected to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® list
- Our firm has been selected to the Best Law Firms® list for Personal Injury Litigation
The Beasley Firm has successfully evaluated cases for clients who have suffered traumatic and debilitating injuries as the result of ice or snow falling from a height, or from slipping on ice on someone else's property. We believe that property owners, vehicle owners, and state or city municipalities should be held accountable for failing to endure the minor cost and inconvenience of clearing snow or ice to prevent injuries just like the one you or a loved one have suffered from.
Speak to our staff of lawyers, doctors, and nurses today for a free consultation: (215) 866-2424.
Property Owner Responsibilities
All property owners, whether they are homeowners or business owners, have a duty to keep their property safe for other people. While property owners cannot be expected to clear snow and ice off of their property in the middle of a winter ice or snow storm, they do have a duty to do so once the snow or ice storm stops.
This duty is especially present when the owner knows that snow, ice, or icicles have collected and fallen from their property in previous winter ice or snow storms. Those owners are aware of the substantial risk of failing to clear the snow and ice off of their roof. They must make sure it does not happen again or pose dangers to innocent bystanders.
State and local municipalities also have a duty of care to ensure that snow and ice do not dangerously accumulate on a bridge or highway overpass and fall down onto roads or cars. Ice and snow falling from a bridge or overpass can not only lead to a driver losing control of the vehicle, but can also cause ice slabs to break through windshields and seriously or fatally injure a driver or passenger.
Negligent Drivers Are Liable For Snow & Ice Accidents
In addition, drivers are also subjected to ice or snow slabs that are thrown off of the roofs of cars, buses, or trucks when their owners or drivers failed to clean off their roofs prior to driving. Drivers have the right to be free from the hazard of snow or ice falling onto the road, highway, or windshield from the roof of another car or truck.
If you have been in an ice-related accident and suffered serious injury because of a Pennsylvania driver's failure to clear ice from his or her vehicle, you could be entitled to a recovery for injuries as a result of their negligence. The law agrees with you on this point-for instance, a New Jersey law passed in 2010 fines drivers for up to $1,500 when they fail to remove snow or ice off of their vehicles and it results in an injury. Many other states also have laws or ordinances in effect mandating that all drivers remove snow or ice from their roofs prior to operating their vehicle.
Call Our Experienced Philadelphia Slip & Fall Attorneys
If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, skull fracture, spinal cord injury, paraplegia, quadriplegia, or other devastating injury following an ice, snow injury, the Philadelphia premises liability lawyers at The Beasley Firm are here to help you. For more than 60 years, we have relentlessly fought for the right for our clients to seek compensation for their slip and fall injuries-as a result, we've secured the futures of thousands of people with hundreds of million-dollar and multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements.
We will help you obtain compensation for the thousands of dollars in medical expenses you have been forced to pay and the severe pain and suffering you have endured as a result of the careless behavior of your neighbor, a fellow driver, or the government. Our team will spare no expense in thoroughly investigating and developing your case-making us the ideal firm to handle your premises liability claim.
We take no fee unless you win your case, so call us today at (215) 866-2424.