The possibility of slipping and falling on a patch of ice or snow can result in injury, so it is imperative that you learn the legalities of slip and fall cases. If you were injured due to a slip and fall on snow or ice, the best decision you can make is to hire an injury attorney to handle the situation.
Who Is Responsible?
When you slip and fall on snow or ice, it can be hard to pinpoint who is responsible — especially if it isn’t clear who is who is negligent or responsible for the accident. But before you can reach out to an attorney, it is important that you find out who is accountable for the incident.
Here are a few things to consider:
- The building or sidewalk where the accident occurred
- The location of the slip and fall
- Who would have been responsible for the removal of snow and ice at the location
If your injuries happened near a particular building, the responsible person is the owner or renter of said building. But it might not be that cut and dry. For instance, if your fall happens directly in front of a store, it is clear that the owners of that building are responsible for your injuries. However, what happens when you fall on the sidewalk between stores or in a shared parking lot? These situations make it challenging to determine who is responsible.
Consider The Severity Of The Weather
If your fall occurs during the middle of a winter storm or even while it is snowing just a little, the store or homeowner might not be found accountable. If the conditions aren’t considered reasonable for snow removal because of inclement weather, your case could be dismissed. Before you hire an attorney, consider the weather conditions at the time of the fall to determine if your case is legitimate.
How Can You Prove Negligence?
To make a personal injury claim, you will have to prove that an individual was negligent. If it was not snowing when your accident occurred, you might be able to file a claim with a personal injury lawyer. Be sure that you take pictures immediately after your accident and get any witness statements that you can to help prove that the person responsible was negligent.
Winter will be here before we know it and it is possible that you will be a victim of negligence. Should you slip and fall on patches of snow or ice, you might be able to file a claim against the responsible party. Michael O’Hara PLLC can help you determine whether or not you have a legitimate case and which actions you can take to remedy your injuries.
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About Michael A. O’Hara, PLLC
When you have to deal with the justice system – whether related to a civil or criminal matter – you need more than the truth on your side. You need a skilled attorney who can employ sound legal strategies to produce the results you are hoping for. I am attorney Michael A. O’Hara, and I am licensed to practice in Kentucky and Ohio at the state level, as well as in Federal District Court and the Federal Court of Claims. I have been representing clients in the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati area since 1994.