Sidewalks are typically owned by local municipalities. As such, these municipalities are generally responsible for sidewalk maintenance. However, snow and ice present an exception. Residential property owners are responsible for maintaining the sidewalks in front of their properties when snow or ice are present.
However, the insurance’s defense attorneys may argue that your own negligence caused or contributed to your fall and injuries, and therefore, you should be partially or fully liable for your injuries and damages. For example, they may argue that you failed to wear appropriate shoes for snow or icy conditions. If you are injured in a fall due to these conditions, it is important that you save the shoes worn during your fall, and never wear them again. Those shoes may be needed to prove that they did not cause your fall and injuries.
Slip and falls on snow or ice often result in significant injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, bone fractures, spinal cord injuries, and death. Victims of these slip and falls are entitled to compensations for their injuries. If you are injured in a slip and fall, you may recover compensation for the following:
Slip and falls may also result in the fatal loss of a loved one. In such tragic circumstances, the surviving heirs can file a wrongful death lawsuit. In a wrongful death case, the decedent’s surviving heirs include the decedent’s spouse, domestic partner, and children. The decedent’s parents and stepchildren may also file a wrongful death lawsuit if they can show that they were financially dependent on the decedent.
Generally, lawsuits must be filed in Court within the applicable statute of limitations. Slip and fall cases must be filed within two years from the date of injury. If the plaintiff fails to file his or her lawsuit within such period of time, his or her case will be dismissed by the Court. As such, you should immediately contact a slip and fall attorney after your injury occurs.