As an experienced Philadelphia slip and fall and premise liability attorney, and also as the owner of a number of real estate projects, I am all too well aware that gutter and downspout defects can lead to a host of problems ranging from property damage to serious personal injuries. If a downspout or gutter is improperly installed, maintained, or designed, it can lead to clogging and overflowing, which can result in accumulation of water in the summer and ice in the winter, which frequently is the cause of slip and fall accidents.
I recently concluded a significant slip and fall lawsuit caused by a defectively designed gutter and downspout system which resulted in a life altering permanent injury requiring installation of medical hardware, permanent disfigurement, and the inability of my client to walk with a normal gait.
Over the last 30 years, I have investigated and litigated a multitude of slip and fall cases caused by dangerous conditions on commercial and private properties relating to improperly placed downspouts, which resulted in serious artificial accumulation of water and artificial conditions, which led to serious and permanent injuries. In the winter time with snow fall accumulations on a roof, it is not an infrequent occurrence for snow to melt, flow down the downspout, and then freeze at night when temperatures drop. Simply stated this creates a dangerous condition to individuals who walk in the area of the downspout discharge. If a victim slips and falls on an ice patch caused by a defective gutter, downspout, or improperly designed or maintained parking lot, driveway, or sidewalk, where accumulations of water collect and freeze, the owner or landlord may be liable.
It is important to conduct regular maintenance to prevent ice patches, as well as treat the affected area with salt and abrasive substances to increase surface friction.
Many municipalities have ordinances regarding how to best way to clear snow and ice from a property in a timely fashion and protect yourself from liability. With the winter months coming, snow and ice are sure to enter the equation and slip and fall accidents are very common.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident, the experienced Philadelphia slip and fall and premise liability lawyers of Reiff and Bily always offer a free, no obligation consultation. We have over 30 years of experience handling slip and fall cases, and our record of success speaks for itself. We always offer a no recovery, zero fee guarantee and a free, no obligation consultation. For more information, contact us toll free at 1-800-421-9595 or online at www.reiffandbily.com.