Slips and Falls Due to Snow and Ice FAQs

Q: If someone falls while walking on a city sidewalk and is injured, can they sue the city?

A: A person, who is injured this way, may have a case against the city and/or the abutting property owner.  Every city has municipalities whose duties are to keep streets and sidewalks clear and in repair. The injured person might have a case if he or she can show that the responsible party, have failed to clean or maintain the sidewalk properly. There are very important deadlines and requirements, which a lawyer will advise you on, for giving the town or city notice on your claims.

Q: What if someone gets injured while at the home of a neighbor who invited the injured person there for a party?

A: Social guests can sometimes collect from their hosts depending on the conditions of the accident.  If the host was aware of a dangerous condition or should have been aware and did not inform his or her guest about it prior, they can be at fault. 

Q: What duties do property owners have regarding snow and ice removal?

A: The law requires a property owner to remove snow or ice outside his or her building as a result of the weather in a reasonable fashion.   

Q: Is the fact that someone warned an employee of a store about a spill important in providing a slip and fall case resulting from an accident caused by the spill?

A: The fact that an employee was told about the dangerous condition will help greatly in establishing that the owner knew of the condition and was negligent in keeping the premises safe.

Q: Who can be held liable in a slip and fall case?

A: There are usually a number of people that can be held responsible in a slip and fall case.  If a person slips and falls and is injured at a business, for example, the party in possession and control of the property may be liable if they did not use reasonable care to prevent injury to those on the premises.  Contractors hired by the party in possession and control may also be liable.

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