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How can landowners protect themselves from premises liability

Winter is nearly here, and anyone who has lived in the northeast, including Connecticut, through a winter knows that brutally cold weather such as snow, sleet and ice storms can create hazardous conditions for anyone outdoors, whether thet are in a car or even just walking the streets or sidewalks. During these winter months, it is especially important for property owners to be mindful of potentially hazardous conditions and make every effort to ensure that precautions have been made to minimize the likelihood of an accident.

This is true for both commercial and industrial property such as a hotel or store, and private residences. Generally, in order to prove liability in an accident, a victim must prove that a property owner knew or should have known that potentially hazardous conditions exist, and that no precautions were made to avoid the accident.

In the winter months, slip-and-fall accidents are especially common, and could lead to serious injuries or even death of a victim. It is the property owner's responsibility to make sure that the premises are properly maintained to avoid such accidents. For example, precautions should be made such as signs or rock salt to address icy sidewalks and parking lots. Failure to address these conditions could lead to a liability lawsuit against the property owner.

If you were injured in a slip-and-fall accident and suspect that the injury was due to a property owner's negligence, you may want to speak with a law professional to see whether you can file a premises liability claim against the property owner.

Source: findlaw.com, "Premises Liability FAQ," Accessed on Nov. 8, 2016

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