Think for a second that you’re walking on the sidewalk in the heavy rainfall or after severe snowfall when you suddenly slip and fall, severely injuring yourself. There is no denying that winter and wet weather climates increase the risk of slip and fall injury cases.
Slip and fall accidents can be risky, cause severe physical and emotional damage, and dent your savings. If you’ve recently been a victim of a slip and fall accident, knowing your legal rights and getting the compensation you deserve is important.
We discuss the impact of weather conditions in slip and fall injury cases.
How Weather Impacts Slip and Fall Injury Cases
While slip and fall accidents are common and their after-effects are extensive, these tend to increase in bad weather conditions. All states vary in terms of snow, ice, rain, and wind; these aspects of the weather can make it risky for individuals to walk on footpaths, sidewalks, parking lots, and other surfaces.
If an individual wants to successfully pursue a slip and fall case, they must ensure the following elements are present in many states:
The property owner invited you as one of the main guests (as a client) to the property (home, store, etc.). It can mean that they are responsible for paying a role in making sure leave the property the same way you came.
The owner did not rise to their duty and had many guests claiming a slip and fall injury case.
- As a result of the owner’s negligence, you did slip and fell along with others.
- And you were severely injured in the process.
It makes for a basic slip-and-fall injury case, and the role of the weather conditions comes into play.
What Is the Property Owner’s Responsibility?
Commercial property owners and managers can be responsible for warning people and/or clearing any slip and fall hazards from extreme weather conditions. However, the effects of the weather are not limited to outdoors; when the weather conditions are unfavorable, the snow or rain tends to make its way indoors through stairways, leaky roofs, aisles, entryways, etc.
While property owners cannot control severe weather conditions, that doesn’t take away the huge responsibility of ensuring that all the guests remain safe while on their property in severe weather conditions. Moreover, if property owners are aware of areas near their property that are potential slip and fall areas, they need to make guests aware of any dangerous condition.
Pursuing personal injury claims related to slip and fall accidents can allow you to recover compensation for any medical bills or other losses experienced as a result of the accident. Since this process involves several complicated legal steps, hiring an experienced personal injury attorney to represent you and ensure your rights are protected every step of the way can be helpful.
Protecting yourself legally after a slip and fall accident is essential if you want to receive full compensation for any medical bills or other damages incurred due to the negligence of another person or business entity. These steps can make a big difference when it comes time for settlement negotiations for personal injury cases. Victims can protect their legal rights throughout their recovery by taking proactive steps.
Please contact The Bourassa Law Group to get in touch and start having your legal problems sorted.