Who Can Be Held Liable for a Slip and Fall Accident Because of Icy Sidewalks?

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Who Can Be Held Liable for a Slip and Fall Accident Because of Icy Sidewalks?

December 12, 2023
By Lafferty Gallagher Scott

As winter approaches, it’s important to be aware of the risk of slip and fall accidents due to icy sidewalks. These unfortunate incidents can lead to severe injuries, significant medical expenses, loss of income, and emotional distress. A simple walk down your street can suddenly turn into a life-altering event. But who is responsible for these accidents? Who can be held liable when icy sidewalks result in slip and fall accidents? Lafferty, Gallagher & Scott, LLC, is here to help you through this complex legal issue. Discuss your case at a consultation where we can provide individualized guidance.

The Importance of Legal Action in Slip and Fall Accidents

It’s crucial to understand that if you’ve been injured from a slip and fall accident on an icy sidewalk, you may have a legal right to compensation for your damages. The laws governing these cases are intricate and vary by location. In Ohio, liability typically falls upon building owners, tenants, or municipalities. However, determining liability isn’t always straightforward and involves various factors.

Who Can Be Held Liable?

The responsibility for maintaining the safety of sidewalks usually rests with the building owner or tenant. They are obligated to remove or treat ice within a reasonable time after it has formed. Failure to do so could result in them being held accountable for any slip and fall accidents. However, the victim must prove that the responsible party knew about the icy condition and did not rectify it promptly.

In some cases, the municipality, rather than a private owner or tenant, could be held accountable. For instance, such may be true if a slip and fall accident occurs on a public sidewalk. Still, this depends on whether the municipality has a duty to maintain the sidewalk in question and whether they were negligent in their maintenance duties.

The Role of Ice Accumulation in Determining Liability

The nature of ice accumulation also plays a role in determining liability. In some cases, the “no duty” winter rule may apply. This rule can relieve property owners of liability if the ice accumulation is deemed natural, and they did not interfere with or alter it in any way. There are certain common-law exceptions to be aware of, however, so it’s important to speak to an attorney. 

Navigating the Legal Complexities

The complexities involved in establishing legal responsibility for icy sidewalk slip and fall accidents underline the importance of seeking legal advice. At Lafferty, Gallagher & Scott, LLC, we have decades of experience handling complex premises liability cases. We understand that the aftermath of a slip and fall accident can be overwhelming, and we’re here to guide you through the legal process, ensuring your rights are protected.

Helping You Through Difficult Times

If you or a loved one has suffered from a slip and fall accident due to icy sidewalks, we encourage you to reach out to us. Contact us today, and let our experienced attorneys help you navigate these difficult times. We are your bridge through difficult times, ready to fight for the compensation you deserve.










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