Winter weather brings with it snowy, icy and foggy conditions, all of which can make sidewalks and walkways slick and dangerous. If you should have an unfortunate accident on a pathway covered with ice and snow, you may be able to collect compensation for your medical expenses and emotional trauma due to the injury. Slip-and-fall accidents are relatively common in Ohio and throughout the United States and tend to increase in intensity during the winter months. Although business owners and property owners are not in control of the weather, they are responsible for keeping their pathways clear of ice and snow in order to avoid these types of accidents.
Slip-and-fall accidents can be caused by icy and snowy sidewalks, parking lots and driveways, as well as melting ice. When people walk through the snow and ice, they can track it into stores, leaving behind puddles and wet, slippery floors. If you suffer from an injury you received in a slip-and-fall accident or another incident caused by the weather, you may have a premises liability case. In order to prove this type of case, you must show that the business or property owner was negligent in taking care of his or her property.
Slip-and-fall accidents can cause serious injuries, such as broken bones, traumatic brain damage and slipped discs. These injuries can lead to long-term problems that could affect you for the rest of your life. It is important to hold those responsible for negligence that caused your incident.
This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice.