Slip and Fall Accidents Caused by Icy Surfaces
The winter weather is starting to clear up in many parts of the country, but not before causing its fair share of accidents and injuries. When snow, slush, and ice build up, the risk of a slip and fall accident increases dramatically. Individuals who are injured in a slip and fall accident caused by icy surfaces may be able to file a premises liability claim to pursue compensation for damages.
Slip and fall and premises liability attorney Lynn C. Harris works with slip and fall victims in Salt Lake City, UT, Provo, UT, and surrounding areas to determine who is at-fault for their accident, and how much compensation injury victims may be due for related damages.
Fault for a Slip or Fall on Icy Surfaces
Weather is a natural occurrence that no one can control, so when icy surfaces lead to a slip or fall accident, most injury victims assume that they are without any legal options. However, that is often not the case. Premises liability laws hold property owners responsible for maintaining the safety of their property. Whether the property is private or commercial, owners must do their part to make sure that it is reasonably safe for visitors, guests, and customers.
In regards to icy surfaces, property owners must be careful to periodically inspect their property during the winter months. They are responsible for removing or addressing snow, ice, or slush within a reasonable timeframe so that it does not pose a hazard. A failure to uphold this duty of care can be classified as negligence, which would be grounds to file a premises liability claim.
Proving Liability for a Slip or Fall on Icy Surfaces
Property owners are responsible for maintaining the safety of their property, but the law often provides some leeway when it comes to snow and ice accumulation. Some states even follow a “natural accumulation” law, which relieves property owners of accidents caused by the accumulation of ice and snow, in most cases.
To prove liability for a slip or fall on icy surfaces, injury victims should work with a knowledgeable attorney, such as Lynn C. Harris, who has a thorough understanding of premises liability laws. Lynn Harris and our team will collect the evidence necessary to build the strong foundation of a premises liability claim, which often includes establishing that:
- The property owner was aware of, or should have been aware of, the icy conditions
- A reasonable person would recognize the dangers of the icy conditions
- The property owner neglected to remove or take care of the icy conditions
- Neglect was a direct cause of the slip and fall accident and resulting injuries
Damages In a Slip and Fall Case
Slip and fall injuries can be painful and often result in a range of physical, emotional, and financial damages. Depending on the unique circumstances of the case, our Salt Lake City area clients may be due compensation for the following types of losses related to a slip or fall:
- Medical expenses
- Cost of ongoing medical care and rehabilitation
- Loss of income and diminished wage-earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
If you have been injured in a slip or fall that took place in icy conditions, attorney Lynn C. Harris can help you consider your legal options regarding a premises liability claim. To discuss the details of your accident, send us a message online, or call (801) 521-3200 and schedule a personal consultation.