Although the winter months bring about some positives for many Americans, such as the beauty of a snowfall, the enjoyment of skiing, sleigh riding, ice skating and other recreational activities, as well as the joys associated with the holiday season, the cold weather also brings out new risks for those who go outdoors. Among them are slippery conditions caused by snow and ice on sidewalks, which can lead to the significant potential of slip and fall accidents.
Property owners, whether you are a homeowner or a commercial establishment, such as a store or restaurant, are required by law to take safety precautions to assure that those who are on their property are protected against potential hazards. This includes not only icy sidewalks, but wet floors and adequate lighting on the premises.
For residential owners, under many circumstances, private property must also be free of potentially hazardous conditions, though there are different criteria for private property than public or commercial venues. This may include why a visitor is on the property, as well as the foreseeability of the potential for an accident, and whether the owner of the property made reasonable efforts to fix or warn a visitor of the potentially hazardous conditions.
There are many factors that must be considered when addressing a premises liability lawsuit. For victims of an accident, it is important to fully understand the law. It is often in a victim's best interest to get more information about premises liability law to see whether any laws were violated and to determine whether a victim is potentially entitled to compensation related to the accident.
Source: findlaw.com, "Premises Liability: Who is responsible?" Accessed on Dec. 20, 2016