The great snowstorm of Feb. 5-6, 2010, is history. Officially, 28.5 inches was measured at Philadelphia International Airport, just shy of the all-time record and putting the winter of 2009-2010 to No. 2 for snow in 126 years of record-keeping. They are calling for another big storm this week.
Of course, all of this snow makes for very dangerous walking conditions. The chances of being hurt as a result of slipping on ice or snow only increases.
There are a few things that you should do if you are hurt on someone’s property as a result of snow or ice. The first thing is to be sure that you receive the appropriate medical attention. If you are seriously hurt, you should call 911 and wait for an ambulance.
Next, you should notify the property owner so that they may correct the dangerous condition. You do not want any one else to be hurt. Also, this will help later prove that you were really hurt on their property. If you are hurt on a commercial property, they may want you to complete a report or given them a statement. Be careful about doing this. They will usually try to use whatever you tell them against you later.
Pictures. Pictures. Pictures. If possible, you should take pictures of the dangerous condition. If you have a camera, then you should take five pictures of the area. You can also use a cellphone camera. Pictures can be very valuable in proving that the dangerous condition existed. Also, it will prove that the property owner should have taken care of the condition before you were hurt. These pictures will sometimes help you win your case.
Your next call should be to an attorney that handles slip and fall cases. At Stark & Stark, we handle these cases every day. We will have experts that will want to inspect the dangerous condition as soon as possible. Also, we will want to make sure that you are fully compensated for the damages that you suffered.