It’s cold outside and there are a few inches of the white stuff on the ground in Seattle, Bellevue and throughout the Pacific Northwest. Many people are hunkered down waiting for the storm to pass but others have to go to work, go out to pickup up groceries or medications and for others, cabin fever can drive one to get out and about.
Walking on snow and ice can be dangerous, however, and a person has the potential to slip and fall. While slipping on an icy driveway may be funny in a cartoon or in a YouTube video, fall injuries are one of the leading causes of death among the elderly.
We often get calls this time of year after someone has slipped and fallen and suffered a serious injury. Moderate injuries include bumps and bruises but more serious injuries include fractures to knees, hips and ankles. And, the most dangerous injury of all is a traumatic brain injury which is fatal in 46% of falls among the elderly.
Often people wonder if the property owners has legal obligations in the case of an injury when a person slips on an icy sidewalk, parking lot or place of business. They wonder if the property owner has a duty to remove snow and lay down deicer.
Who is at fault for slips and falls on an icy or unshoveled sidewalk?
The truth of the matter is that the statutory laws can vary from city to city and homeowners may have a different standard than business owners or municipalities. That’s why it is a good idea to contact an experienced slip and fall attorney who can evaluate the merits of your case. An experienced personal injury will research the various municipal codes and will ask some important questions such as:
- Where did the accident happen?
- Was the property initially shoveled and de-iced?
- Was snow falling?
- What was the time period between the end of snow fall and the fall?
Answers to these questions as well as other factors can help in determining whether negligence on the part of the property owner was responsible for your slip and fall accident.
We can help
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a slip and fall accident, the slip and fall accident lawyers at The Farber Law Group are there to help. We have more than 30 years experience in representing people with their premise liability and slip, trip and fall accident claims.