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The dangers of slip and fall accidents in snow and ice

With the winter season fast approaching, the risk of slip and fall accidents on snow and ice increases. Victims of slip and fall accidents on icy sidewalks and in other circumstances have legal remedies to consider to help them recover from the harm they have suffered in a slip and fall accident. Property owners and property managers are required to make a reasonable effort to reduce the risk of injury for guests, employees and patrons or must warn of the dangerous condition.

Businesses that accept visitors, such as apartment complexes, office complexes, manufacturing facilities, supermarkets and shopping centers, may be liable to injured victims when they have suffered a slip and fall accident on their property. Property owners and managers who do not have a snow and ice removal plan, or do not implement a snow and ice removal plan, may face liability in a personal injury claim for damages.

It is also important to identify the party responsible for carrying out the snow and ice removal plan. It is necessary to determine the details of the plan and if it will be implemented by internal personnel or if outside contractors will be engaged to implement the snow removal plan. It is also essential to appoint a party to monitor weather and property conditions and to record all removal activities in a log. Incident investigations must be conducted when necessary and the snow and ice removal plan must be put into action.

When a victim has been injured in a slip and fall accident, they may be able to recover compensation for the physical, financial and emotional damages they have suffered through a personal injury claim for damages. Premises liability law provides important protections for victims and is something they should be familiar with when injured in a slip and fall accident.

Source: Travelers.com, "Protecting Against Slips, Trips and Falls During Winter," Accessed Oct. 23, 2017

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