If you’ve walked about in Winter conditions, I’m sure you’ve realized that it’s not always a “wonderland” out there. There are many hazards, from out of control vehicles and giant snowy roadblocks, to trying to traverse icy sidewalks and parking lots. These are a recipe for pedestrian accidents. When you slip on ice, who’s at fault?
Property Owner’s Obligation
Under premises liability law, property owners have a legal duty of care (obligation) to keep their premises safe and hazard-free. This includes keeping walkways, driveways, parking lots, and other common areas clear of ice and snow. Injuries from slipping on ice and snow can be quite serious.
Accumulated ice and snow are dangerous conditions. When owners allow dangerous conditions to exist on their property, it makes them vulnerable to personal injury claims and lawsuits. Normally, there are three groups of property owners:
Burden of Proof – Evidence
If you’re hurt because of a property owner’s negligence, you have a right to compensation for your damages. Damages usually include your medical and chiropractic bills; out-of-pocket expenses for prescriptions, crutches, bandages, etc.; lost wages, sick days and vacation time; and for your pain and suffering.
If you’re hurt after slipping on ice or snow, you have to prove to the property owner’s insurance company their insured was negligent. Bearing in mind the different levels of responsibility imposed on homeowners, businesses, and government properties, your evidence must appropriately support your claim.
Here’s some examples of evidence that will help you to succeed:
If you feel you’re the victim of someone else’s negligence, please contact The Law Offices of Dussault & Zatir. We’d be happy to discuss your options and help you to find the proper course of action.