Each year, hundreds of thousands of U.S. adults are hurt in slip and fall accidents, and often, snow and ice are involved. Perhaps a property owner intended to clear snow from the parking lot, but never got around to it. Perhaps the snow wasn’t the problem, but ineffective snow removal. Or perhaps the person who slipped was daydreaming and walked right into a preventable accident.
Whether you’re the plaintiff or defendant in a slip and fall case, such questions are critical – and baffling.
First, Hire a Snow Expert
The best way to get answers is engaging a qualified snow expert. Such an expert can assist attorneys in a variety of ways, before and during a trial. The snow expert may, for example:
- Identify weather conditions leading up to the fall
- Piece together varying accounts of what happened
- Determine contributing factors and the sequence of events
- Evaluate any mitigation efforts. Were they sufficient? Were they appropriate?
Perhaps even more valuable than knowing the answers, a snow removal expert knows what questions to ask!
Taking the Stand
Snow Expert witnesses provide clear and unbiased findings vital to the jury’s understanding of the case. During a trial, testimony from an expert witness can be the difference between understanding complex snow removal techniques, treatment plans, and trigger depths.
What makes a good snow expert? Look for solid credentials in the following categories:
- Real-world skills
- Related employment
- Certifications and memberships
Jeremy Swenson, CSP (Certified Snow Professional) is uniquely qualified as a snow removal expert, with first-hand knowledge of virtually every type of severe winter weather and every current method for clearing away snow hazards. With 15+ years as owner and CEO of Snowmen, Inc., a major snow removal company based in Kansas City, Swenson has seen it all – and helped make it safe again.
If you’re in need of a certified snow expert to create a plan to keep your home or business safe, or you need expert testimony in a slip-and-fall case involving snow and ice, call Jeremy Swenson at 816-564-9131.