Winter in Indiana not only brings scenic snowfall but also an increased likelihood of slip-and-fall accidents. You might be eligible for compensation under premises liability guidelines if you sustain injuries in these accidents.
Premises liability refers to the responsibility of property owners to maintain safe conditions. In winter, property owners must address potential hazards, such as snow and ice, to prevent slip-and-fall accidents on their premises.
Defining slip-and-fall accidents
Slip-and-fall accidents occur when individuals lose balance and fall on someone else’s property due to negligence. In winter, they often result from snow and ice accumulation on sidewalks, driveways and other walkways. These incidents pose risks to pedestrians and can lead to injuries.
Winter-related slip-and-fall accidents can result in various injuries:
- Quick falls can cause sprained joints and strained muscles.
- The impact of a fall on icy surfaces may lead to fractures, commonly affecting wrists, arms, and hips.
- Falls can result in head injuries, including concussions, with potentially life-altering consequences.
- Landing on the back during a fall can cause injuries to the spine, leading to back pain and potential long-term issues.
- Impact with hard surfaces can cause bruises and contusions, adding to discomfort and recovery time.
These accidents often require medical treatments and time away from work. Both mean you might face financial difficulties.
Factors contributing to slip-and-fall accidents
Several factors contribute to the increased risk of slip-and-fall accidents during winter. Frozen rain and melting snow can create icy surfaces, making it challenging to maintain balance.
Accumulated snow and ice, if not promptly cleared, can hide potential hazards and create uneven walking surfaces.
Liability for damages
Determining liability for slip-and-fall accidents depends on the circumstances. Property and business owners who neglect proper snow and ice removal may be liable for injuries on their premises.
Commercial properties and municipalities may share responsibility for maintaining safe walking areas.
Compensation in premises liability cases may cover medical expenses for injuries sustained, including treatments, medications and rehabilitation. Damages can extend to compensation for lost wages if the injuries result in time away from work, replacement services and property damage.
Additionally, individuals may seek damages for pain and suffering due to the accident.