A man from Armstrong County has initiated a premises liability lawsuit against an apartment building and the housing authority that manages the building as a result of his father’s death this past winter. The 93-year-old man was cleaning snow off his car after a snowstorm in late December. The car was in the parking lot of his apartment building, which is operated by the Westmoreland County Housing Authority.

During the course of brushing off the snow, the elderly man slipped on a patch of ice in the parking lot and fell to the ground, hitting his head in the process. The man fractured his skull and died later day. As a result, the man’s son — who is one of the executors of his estate — has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

It can be difficult to keep up with clearing snow and ice in the wintertime, particularly around holidays when companies may be short-staffed. However, that does not excuse them from doing so. It remains to be seen how this case will play out; the son is suing for more than $30,000 in damages over his father’s death.

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, “Westmoreland housing authority sued over fatal fall,” Aug. 8, 2013