It’s a cold time of year in Connecticut. It’s expected to see ice and snow on the roads, sidewalks and parking lots around the area. For the most part, you’ve been able to avoid these patches thanks to individuals who attempted to clear them. If there was a small patch, you could go around it.

Unfortunately, when you headed to your local mall, you didn’t get so lucky. As soon as you stepped up onto the curb, your feet when out from under you. The way you fell was extremely rough on your body. You hit your head on the curb and cracked a rib. Since you fell backwards, there was just no way to catch yourself before hitting the ground.

Situations like yours aren’t uncommon. Many businesses do what they can to remove ice and snow from their sidewalks, but they aren’t always as thorough as they should be. Then, when patrons see that salt is laid or that other methods removed ice, they believe that the pathways are clear. They step straight onto ice never expecting that it should be there.

Local businesses have a responsibility to customers like you

Local businesses have a responsibility to customers. They need to take steps to make their premises’ safe. Failing to do so, especially when they know that there are hazards present, can lead to a premises liability claim.

What should you do if you slip and fall outside a local business?

If you slip and fall outside a mall or local business, your first job is to call 911 or to ask for assistance. Someone who is nearby, if anyone, should go to find the manager or an employee who is on staff to let them know about the fall. Once they are informed, they should continue to assist you in seeking any medical care that you need.

After this, you’ll be able to reach out to your attorney and notify them of your injuries and what happened. You can discuss starting a premises liability claim. Your attorney will then reach out to the business and authorities to access more information, like camera footage, if it’s present, and help you build a case. Many times, these situations stay out of court, so your attorney may be able to work with the other party to come up with a fair settlement arrangement for you.