Winter Weather & Business Liability – What You Should Know

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Winter Weather & Business Liability – What You Should Know

Snow and ice on a sidewalk can create a dangerous situation for customers walking to and from a business. When conditions are dangerous, accidents may occur, ranging from fractures to bruises to head injuries.

If you slipped and fell on an icy sidewalk outside of a retail store and sustained injuries, you may have questions about liability. Here’s what you need to know about snow removal laws in Pennsylvania as well as your options for recovering damages.

Each Municipality Has Its Own Snow Removal Laws

The first thing that you should know about snow and ice removal in the state of Pennsylvania is that there is no state law requiring home or business owners to remove snow in front of their properties. Instead, each municipality in Pennsylvania is responsible for setting its own snow removal laws.

According to Philadelphia Code 10-720, for example, the owners, agents, or tenants of a building or premises are required to clear snow to create a path of at least 30 inches within six hours of the snowfall. In Allentown, Pennsylvania, property owners have 10 hours to remove snow to create a path of at least three feet, according to Allentown City Codified Ordinance 711.05.

Holding a Business Liable for a Slip and Fall Injury

Most cities in the state have similar laws to that of Philadelphia and Allentown. In general, property owners have a duty to keep their property free from hazardous conditions, regardless of the season. While the city may be responsible for sidewalk safety and maintenance – such as cracks in the sidewalk – retail store owners are almost always responsible for the sidewalks directly around their property.

If you have fallen on ice on a sidewalk that a retail store owner or manager should have addressed, then the retail store is most likely the party responsible for your accident, and therefore liable for paying you damages via a property liability claim. Before you take action, talk to an attorney about your case for a thorough review of liability.

A Slip and Fall Attorney from Cordisco & Saile LLC Can Help You

If you suffered injuries in a slip and fall accident, get help from an attorney. A lawyer at Cordisco & Saile LLC can help you establish liability based on the facts of your case and by presenting evidence.

At Cordisco & Saile LLC, our attorneys will provide you the legal guidance you need and will provide you with a free case consultation to get your questions answered and to get the ball rolling. Call us today at 215-642-2335.

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