Robert Hartigan explains why slip-and-fall accidents become a bigger concern during the winter.
Slip and fall accidents during the wintertime can often lead to catastrophic injuries. One example of this is when somebody is walking in front of a store and they slip and fall on ice. The property owner has a duty to make sure that their premises are safe for their guests to walk on.
What happens, usually, is the person will slip and fall on the ice and come to find out that the ice was not treated with any sand or salt or ice melt. In the event that the property in the ice has not been treated and the property owner has not taken reasonable steps to make sure it’s safe, then the person may have a claim against the property owner.
It’s very important that the person who fell reports it to the property owner immediately, takes any photographs or video to preserve what the area looked like when they fell, and reports it to the insurance company. If they do have an injury and they have evidence that the property owner was negligent, they should definitely reach out to an attorney as soon as possible.