Tenants Pay For Quality Snow RemovalExperienced Black Ice Fall Lawyers
Tenants of office buildings and tenants of apartment complexes observe the snow and ice removal procedures followed by the landlord’s employees or contractors. After observing these procedures tenants develop an understanding as to when it is safe to walk to or from the building. Landlords almost always blame the tenant for falling on black ice. The argument is the tenant knew or should have known that the sidewalk, parking lot or road was covered in a layer of clear ice. The following are examples of George Patterson’s clients that believed it was safe to walk on what appeared to be wet pavement before they fell and suffered serious injuries:
A nurse arriving to work at a medical office building that treats oncology patients, orthopedic patients and the elderly. The nurse knew that medical tenants require the highest level of snow removal and ice prevention treatments. She rightfully believed that the pavement that appeared wet must have been treated with salt before she fell.
A Tenant that spent one and half days in her apartment after a severe snow storm. She heard the contractors using snow blowers and left her apartment. She knew from prior years that the contractors would clear the snow and salt the walkways. She saw what appeared to be wet pavement before she fell.
A tenant that went to his car about 18 hours after a small snow storm stepped on what appeared to be wet pavement and fell. He believed that the contractors had cleared the snow and treated the paved areas as they had always in the past.
In Maryland if you have a reasonable belief that it was safe to walk on wet pavement then you arguably did not assume the risk of stepping on ice and falling.