Allegheny County home and business owners can be cited for failing to clear snow and ice from walkways in a timely manner, according to guidelines within local ordinances. Property owners also may be liable for slip and fall injuries suffered by visitors when civil courts determine owners knew about but failed to prevent dangerous conditions.
A woman suffered a severe brain injury last December after slipping on ice at a Pennsylvania outdoor shopping village. A recently filed premises liability lawsuit claims a store in Peddler's Village near Doylestown and the shopping village operators were negligent. The complaint alleges the defendants did not pretreat the brick sidewalks that link the village stores before a forecasted snowfall, causing a slip and fall hazard for visitors.