Close-up of icicles hanging from the edge of a surface, possibly a roof or eave. The icicles vary in length and shape, with some slightly blurred due to the depth of field. The background appears to be a concrete wall in Pennsylvania, where snow or ice accidents can lead to compensation claims.

Pennsylvania is currently seeing a lot of snow. Unfortunately, this winter weather is bound to result in some injuries. Snow & ice accidents occur often, and they can be serious. Read on for more information regarding snow & ice accidents in Pennsylvania and what to do in the event that an injury occurs.

How Do Snow & Ice Accidents Occur?

When homeowners fail to shovel and salt walkways, steps, and sidewalks within the legally acceptable period of time, walkers are often injured as a result. Additionally, people are injured when icicles are left hanging to snap at an unlucky time, or when railings are too slippery to get a grip.

Who is Responsible for a Snow & Ice Accident?

In Pennsylvania, property owners are legally responsible for keeping their properties safe. This applies to homes, businesses, stores, and municipal properties. After a snow or rainfall event, property owners have a certain window of time in which they must clean their properties of snow and ice. If a property owner fails to maintain the property within this grace period, he or she may be held responsible if an accident occurs. For example, if you slip and fall on the sidewalk in front of a house, that homeowner may be responsible for any injuries you incur. This window of time differs by municipality, so if you are unsure of whether your accident occurred outside of this time frame, contact our firm.

How Long do I Have to File a Claim?

If you are injured due to another party’s negligence, you may be considering taking legal action. If you wish to take legal action for your accident, you will have to make sure to file your personal injury claim on time. This deadline is known as a statute of limitations. Generally, in Pennsylvania, you will have two years from the date of the accident to file your claim. If you fail to file within two years, you will most likely lose your opportunity to recover compensation. To avoid missing any important deadlines, contact a skilled personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a snow & ice accident in Pennsylvania, contact our firm today.


We understand that going through the legal system alone can be both confusing and highly stressful. That is why it is our job to help you through every step of the process ahead. For years, we have been helping clients throughout Lancaster County and its surrounding areas through a wide range of legal matters, including personal injury cases, criminal defense matters, family law issues, estate planning law matters, and more. If you need legal assistance, we are here to help. Contact Ilkhanoff & Silverstein today.