Each year, the freezing temperatures of winter add an additional hazard to pedestrians’ daily routines. Whether they are commuting to work, exercising, or taking a walk through the city or park, ice-covered pathways put pedestrians at risk of slipping and falling. Slip and fall accidents can cause serious injury, including sprained or broken bones, head trauma, or neck or back injury. If you or someone you love has been injured by slipping on ice, consider contacting a personal injury lawyer immediately.
Even with the utmost care it can sometimes be difficult for pedestrians to notice every patch of ice that may cross their path. Clear sheets of ice can form that are very difficult to see.
While pedestrians should take care while walking around ice, property owners have a responsibility to maintain a reasonably safe environment for visitors and passersby. When temperatures are at or below freezing, owners should make sure that their sprinklers, garden hoses, and other outdoor water sources are turned off so that they do not create hazardous conditions.
Property owners who negligently create patches of ice may be held responsible for any accidents or injuries that result. They may be liable for injuries and damages that pedestrians sustain from slipping on the ice and could be ordered to compensate the victims for their medical bills, lost wages from time off of work, rehabilitation, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident caused by a negligent property owner, you may have grounds to file a civil lawsuit for compensation.