Property owners have an obligation to keep their premises clear of snow and ice. Injuries from slip and falls due to snow and ice can often be severe. These kinds of accidents can result in serious injuries. Also, certain injuries may be more debilitating to one person than another due to the person’s daily life requirements, activities and job. What makes them worse is that they are easily preventable by proper snow and ice clearing, and/or additional sanding and salting. Snow and ice hazards are almost always due to negligence on the part of property owners or those responsible for keeping up the property.
Landlords, property owners and property managers have a responsibility to keep their premises safe; and when they fail to do so, they may be liable for injuries and damages. If you are hurt, you should have your rights protected by an experienced slip and fall attorney who knows how to obtain a fair settlement for you.
Damages that you may recover include: hospital and medical expenses, past and future lost wages, past and future permanent physical disability, such as a limp, scars, loss of a limb, emotional distress, such as depression and anxiety; grief and emotional suffering caused by the death of a loved one; loss of love and companionship caused by the death of a loved one; damage or destruction of property; physical pain and suffering; loss of enjoyment of life.
If you are injured in a snow or ice slip and fall accident, it is important to preserve the evidence as soon as possible. Take a picture with your cellphone or any camera as soon as possible because the dangerous conditions that caused the accident can easily be cleaned up or changed or may quickly melt away forever. You should make detailed notes, especially about any conditions that won’t clearly be shown in the pictures. Your goal is to record and preserve the scene of the accident and all the surrounding areas as completely as possible.
We recently settled a slip and fall case for a significant amount of money. The key to the settlement was we had professional pictures taken of the dangerous condition within hours of the person’s fall. The property owner could not deny that the dangerous condition existed.