Snow and ice can create a significant hazard and lead to slip and fall accidents. When the snow piles up, the streets get full of slush, and sidewalks are covered in ice, everyone must take extra precautions to protect themselves and the people around them. Slip and fall accidents are common and can occur on any surface. Some specific places to watch out for include sidewalks, driveways, stairways, and parking lots. The CDC reports that more than 800,000 people are hospitalized annually related to slip and fall accidents.
Property Owner’s Snow and Ice Removal
Many falls occur because those who own or control property fail to promptly clear ice and snow from their premises. The property owner and occupant’s responsibility is to remove snow and ice from their walkways and entryways and the sidewalks, walkways, and parking lots in front of or attached to their properties. The owner of a house must clean the sidewalks and driveway of a home, and landlords must clean the sidewalks of their property, including the area around an attached garage space. If a property owner has a bus stop or fire hydrant in front of their property, they are responsible for removing snow and ice from the sidewalks surrounding those areas. There can be a $350 fine if the property owner does not comply with these rules.
Legal Rights of Victims in Snow and Ice-Related Slip and Fall Accidents
A premises liability lawsuit may be filed against the property owner, occupant, or another responsible party if sufficient evidence shows that a failure to remove or properly treat snow and ice was the cause of the accident. If someone is injured on your property, they may be entitled to recover compensation for the financial, physical, mental, and emotional burdens that resulted from the accident.
What Steps Should You Take After a Fall on Snow or Ice?
- If an emergency, call an ambulance
- Gather evidence of the surrounding area by taking photos and video and talk to eyewitnesses
- Take care of your health – see your doctor
- Get legal help
We Are Here to Help
Contact professional attorneys to represent you if you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident due to snow and ice. At Edelman, Krasin, & Jaye, PLLC, we offer more than 60 years of combined experience. We have convenient office locations in Long Island, Brooklyn, and the Bronx, and we know how to approach these cases to get the results you need. Our firm is committed to bringing the compensation you deserve. Contact our New York offices by phone at 800-469-7429 to schedule an appointment. You can also contact us using our online contact form and on our Live Chat application on our website to have your questions answered at any time.