Pennsylvania residents may be spending more time indoors during the winter. However, even on the coldest of days, people often need to travel from their homes to public places. Most people don’t expect anything inherently dangerous when simply leaving their homes. However, Pennsylvanians need to be aware of the many dangers that they can face while outside. People need to be aware of potential dangers immediately outside of public spaces.
Particularly in the winter, snow and ice can create hazardous property conditions. A buildup of snow and ice can result in a slip and fall accident. This accident can leave an individual with serious injuries. In general, property owners are responsible for removing snow and ice that occurs as a result of some aspect of the property that creates a hazard other than what would occur naturally. For example, if a stopped-up roof gutter causes ice to form on a sidewalk after water drips from a roof, the property owner may be held responsible if someone slips on the ice.
Inadequate lighting, especially in public, can also result in a slip and fall accident. Without proper lighting, people may not be able to see cracks or unevenness in a parking lot or on a sidewalk. People might also miss holes or curbs as a result of inadequate lighting. If a property owner knew about the inadequate lighting, that property owner may be held responsible for injuries related to a slip and fall accident caused by the hazardous property condition.
Parking lots can also be a source of danger for individuals. Unevenness, holes, or cracks in the surface can all cause serious accidents. A trip and fall accident can cause injuries that are compensable by a property owner. Sidewalks can also present similar dangers.
When a person is hurt on the property of another, that person may be entitled to compensation. An attorney may be able to help individuals determine whether or not a personal injury suit based on premises liability laws apply in their situations.