With the state seeing an average snowfall of over 37 inches per year, there are plenty of opportunities for slips, trips and falls in an average Connecticut winter. You can not sue the weather for your misfortune, but there are circumstances when you may have a case against a property owner.
When can you sue because of a winter slip-and-fall accident?
Premises liability cases
If you injured yourself in a fall on someone else’s premises because that property owner did not maintain their property, you may be able to recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and disability incurred because of your injury. To have a case, you must prove that the property owner’s negligence caused your injury.
Property owner’s responsibility in winter conditions
Property owners have a duty to maintain safety on their land by taking reasonable actions to remove hazards like snow and ice. Some Connecticut communities have ordinances that require property owners to clear sidewalks on their premises of ice and snow within a certain time frame. If you fell on a sidewalk subject to such an ordinance and can prove the owner did not comply with the ordinance, the court may determine that the property owner’s negligence caused your injury.
Some winter slip-and-fall accidents are not anyone’s fault, and the victims of these accidents can not sue to recover damages. However, when falls happen because of negligent property owners, the victims may be able to recover damages for the resulting injuries.