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Posted On November 14, 2018 Slip and Fall Lawyer

Black Ice Slip & Fall

Falling on black ice is dangerous and can lead to permanent injuries.

We’ll help you get better. A personal injury claim helped by a PA personal injury attorney could help you put your life back on track.

What Is Black Ice?

Normal ice forms when streets or sidewalks flood, but black ice can form after any sudden drop in temperature.

A cold snap might cause the water in the air to freeze; forming a thin, invisible sheet that makes the sidewalk look like it’s wet. That’s black ice.

Keeping your balance on the ice isn’t easy even when you know it’s there. You lose your footing and gravity takes over.

If you can see the ice, you might slow down or even avoid it entirely.

With black ice, you don’t know it’s there.

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Black ice on a walkway

Once you slip or skid on ice, the only thing that will stop you is hitting something else, whether that’s another car, or your head hitting the pavement.

On TV, when someone falls on the ice, it is supposed to be funny. The reality, however, isn’t a laughing matter.

According to the National Safety Council, more than three million senior citizens go to the emergency room due to slip and fall injuries.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that in 2014, 42,280 workplace injuries involved ice, sleet, or snow. The average New Jersey or Pennsylvania worker missed 14 days of work while they recovered.

There’s a lot of data out there about accidents, but your injuries aren’t a statistic. They’re personal.

After your fall, it feels like your life fell apart too. You’re injuries keep you from getting back to work and enjoying the activities you love.
You’re looking at months, or years, of therapy but you don’t know how you’ll pay for it. You just want things to get back to normal, but you’re not sure how they every can.

We’re here to help.

What Is A Black Ice Personal Injury Claim?

man grimacing in pain after falling on iceA personal injury claim can help you get your life back on track. If you fell due to a retail company’s negligence, they owe you damages for your injury.
Damages can’t erase your pain, but they can help you pay for your medical bills, treatment, and lost wages. If you let us handle your claim, we also seek compensation for the emotional damage your injury caused.

A personal injury claim isn’t about getting even. When you visit a commercial property, that business is responsible for your safety. During the winter, that means salting their sidewalks and parking lots to prevent black ice from forming.

If they don’t do this, and you’re hurt, they didn’t do their job. You shouldn’t have to pay for their mistake. Your personal injury claim is about holding their negligence accountable. This won’t prevent your injury, but it could keep others safe.

Disclaimer: Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances.

Our 65 year old client shattered his upper arm on a patch of black ice in a condominium parking lot in Philadelphia. His recovery required multiple surgeries and took more than a year. Despite this, his doctors didn’t know if he’d ever make a full recovery. We made the condominium pay $160,000 for their negligence. Nothing can undo the pain of an accident, but we helped make the costs easier to manage.

Black Ice Liability

Walmart Parking LotWhen you’re on a commercial property, someone is responsible to keep that property reasonably safe. But identifying the responsible party isn’t always as simple as looking at the sign on the building.

Many retail stores don’t own the property they’re built on. Instead, they rent the space from a landlord. Some rental agreements make the store responsible for ice removal, while others do not. In some cases, the responsible party might contract snow removal to another company, who then bears some responsibility for your injuries.

If you’re filing a claim on your own, figuring out liability can be confusing. That’s where our 25 years of experience comes in. We spent a lot of time understanding commercial rental agreements and liability.

We’ll find out who’s responsible and hold them accountable.

What Is A Reasonable Expectation of Safety?

When you fall, it’s tempting to blame yourself. Don’t.

When you’re on their property, they’re responsible for keeping areas where you might be reasonably safe. In the case of black ice, the owners must take reasonable steps to prevent or remove the ice before you walk on it.

What counts as, reasonable, depends on the situation. For example, if you slip on the ice during an active snowstorm, there is a different expectation of safety than if you slip when it’s not snowing at all.

Before you blame yourself for your slip, call us. We’ll review the details of your claim.

How Long Do I Have To File A Black Ice Claim?

If you’re seriously injured after falling on black ice, you should call us as soon as possible. After speaking with your doctor, give us a call.
Memories fade and evidence get lost, so the sooner we can start working on your claim, the better. More importantly, you only have a limited amount of time to file a personal injury claim, known as the statute of limitations.

In many cases, this is the two years immediately following your accident. However, the statute of limitations could be as little as 90 days, depending on where you fell.

Once the statute of limitations passes, you cannot file a claim, so don’t wait to call us.

We’re Here To Help

After an injury, the only thing you want to do is to get better. The last thing you want to think about is dealing with a claim. When you hire us, you won’t have to.

At our firm, your well-being is always our top priority. We handle every part of the claims process we can, letting you focus on what’s really important, getting your life back on track.

From your first call until we get you the settlement you deserve, we always put your best interests first. For more than 20 years, we’ve helped out clients settle their personal injury claims, getting them the money they need to help pay for their recovery.

Why work with us?

  • We Don’t Get Paid Until You Win: Our no fee promise means that you never pay out of pocket for your claim. If we can’t settle your case, we’ll cover all the costs.
  • This Is What We Do: We’ve to handle personal injury claims exclusively for more than 25 years, and we help clients with their claims every day.
  • We know how to win: We prepare every claim as if we need to take it to trial, making it more likely insurance companies will settle before they have to pay costly court fees.
  • An Attorney Gets You More: When you let a lawyer handle your claim, you typically receive a settlement 3.5x larger than if you filed the claim on your own
  • We Deal With The Phone Calls: Once you’re our client, the insurance company deals with us, meaning they stop calling you.

Recovering after a slip on black ice can be a long, difficult process but you don’t have to do it alone.

Call today for your free consultation!


Black ice image used with permission. Image Source: Wikimedia. License: Creative Commons 3.0 Unported.