If you've ever slipped and fallen on snow or ice, you know how painful and frustrating it can be. If your injury is so severe that it requires medical treatment or even surgery, then you have every right to seek justice. But can you hold anyone accountable?
The Property Owner
Winter weather can be unpredictable and hazardous. When property owners are responsible for a slip-and-fall accident caused by snow, ice, or other winter weather conditions, they could be liable for any resulting injuries or damage.
What Needs to be Proven?
To hold a property owner liable after a slip and fall accident caused by winter weather conditions, there must be evidence that the owner knew or should have known of the hazardous conditions and took no steps to mitigate them. The injured person must also be able to prove negligence on the part of the owner to show that an unsafe condition existed and was not addressed or removed.
It must also be established that the condition created a risk for slips and falls, ultimately leading to the victim's injury.
A Third Party
If someone slips and falls on your property even after you've cleared the snow or ice hazard, then there is still a potential that a third party can be held liable. Depending on the circumstances, particular entities such as property managers, businesses responsible for external maintenance, the municipal government, or contract snowplow operators may also be at fault for these claims. The additional responsibilities held by these third parties require adequate diligence and safety measurements to prevent accidents and ensure public safety despite winter weather conditions.
Were You Hurt in a Snow or Ice Slip and Fall Accident?
Whether a property owner or third party is responsible for your slip and fall accident, it is critical to seek legal guidance as soon as possible. Trying to prove who was at fault for the accident on your own can be daunting.
The team at Rosner Law Offices, P.C. is here for you after your snow or ice slip and fall accident. Our Vineland, New Jersey personal injury attorneys want to help to get you the maximum compensation possible so you can get back to living your life. Let Rosner Law Offices, P.C. help you today — contact us online or by phone to get started.