If you slip and fall at a local business’s establishment, you may wish to look into filing a claim. Fall is nearly here, and with winter just around the corner, there is an ever-growing risk of ice, rain and possibly snow that could cause slick conditions. Slip-and-fall accidents caused by weather are common, though they are most common in the Northeastern and Midwestern United States.
How can you know if a business owner is liable for your injuries? When it comes to weather, the unnatural accumulation of ice, rain or snow may make the difference in a case. If a business owner allows flooding in a parking lot to fill potholes, for instance, you could accidentally step into one and trip. If a business owner doesn’t clear the stairway of slick ice or snow, you could slip and fall down the stairs. In both situations, it’s up to the business owner to make sure the location is safe for anyone who wants to come to the business.
The courts essentially want to see that the business owner has taken reasonable steps to prevent others from getting hurt. If you can show negligence, you could win your case. Not filling in pot holes over a length of time or refusing to mark them for visibility and safety could show negligence, just as not salting icy grounds could be perceived as negligent.
Business owners can make sure they won’t be the center of a lawsuit by taking care of maintenance and weather hazards as soon as possible. Taking just a few extra minutes to clean up an area could end up preventing injuries that cause another person’s life to change.
Source: Accuweather, “Slip and falls: How to know when you're liable,” Kristen Rodman, accessed Sep. 08, 2017
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