As autumn approaches, now is a good time to talk about slipping and falling on ice and slick surfaces. Connecticut is no stranger to cold weather, so you’re bound to run into a slick situation sooner or later.
As someone who walks often or even as someone just going in and out of work or a local store, you should know your rights if you get hurt because of slick walkways. For example, if you slip on the stairs of a local store because the ice was not melted, do you know if you can seek compensation?
The good news for most people is that you can generally seek compensation if you fall and get hurt on another person’s property. You may need to show that the property owner was negligent in some way. For instance, if it sleeted the night before you arrived at the store, then the property owner should have been aware of the risk of ice. It would stand to reason that they would use salt or other methods to melt the ice and prevent accidents from happening.
Other kinds of hazards, like wet leaves, can also lead to falls. Business and property owners should remove them from their walkways to prevent accidents. If they don’t, then anyone who was on the property and fell may be able to seek compensation for the injuries they suffered.
Remember, it’s important for business and property owners to be responsible. If you get hurt because they are not, then it’s possible that you could pursue a claim to cover the expenses related to your injury.