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Conditions that Lead to Outdoor Slip and Fall Accidents


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12/24/2010
Daniel J. O'Brien
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Some conditions that could lead to an outdoor slip and fall accident in Pennsylvania include the following: 

  • Snow or ice - if the property owner has elected to provide snow or ice removal, they must not be negligent is doing so. If ice that has accumulated on the roof melts and drips because of a clogged drain and then re-freezes, creating a slippery spot on the ground, the property owner could be liable. Additionally, if a parking lot is sloped, melting ice could form puddles, then refreeze, creating ice patches and causing a slip and fall accident in which the property owner could be liable. Keep in mind that the property owner is not obligated to remove any natural accumulations of ice or snow.
  • Inadequate lighting - lighting that is too dim or nonexistent could lead to a slip and fall accident in a parking lot, on a curb or down a flight of outdoor stairs. The property owner could be liable if they knew about the poor lighting and did nothing to correct it.
  • Parking lot potholes - the owner of the parking lot is responsible for patching cracks and potholes in an effort to prevent slip and fall accidents. If the pothole or crack is obvious and unobstructed, then the property owner cannot be held liable for injuries that result from a slip and fall.  


As you can see, determining liability and being able to prove fault in a slip and fall claim is often extremely complicated. If you are the victim of a slip and fall accident, you should discuss your legal options with a Philadelphia slip and fall lawyer. 

Help After a Slip and Fall Accident in Pennsylvania

If you have been severely injured in a slip and fall accident in Pennsylvania, you shouldn't have to suffer and pay for expensive medical bills that were caused by another person's negligence. Contact a Philadelphia slip and fall lawyer at White & Williams LLP today. We will provide a free, no obligation consultation on your case - 1-877-944-8396.



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