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Falling Snow or Ice Could Lead to Premises Liability

Slip and fall accidents become more common during the winter months. When winter begins, falls on frozen and slippery surfaces in stores and public places cause serious and sometimes life-threatening injuries or even death. It can be challenging to determine who is liable when a person falls on someone else’s property or outside their business due to unsafe snow accumulation or icy conditions.

Bad weather during the winter months is not a surprise in the colder parts of the country, but it can still be unpredictable. Most property owners understand that they have a ‘duty of care’ to anticipate the hazards posed by snow and ice accumulation and to eliminate or improve upon those conditions. However, falling snow and icy conditions can go from being a slight annoyance to treacherous in a few minutes, and a property owner may, or may not be aware of it. Although individuals also have a duty to exercise ‘reasonable care’ when walking in an area that they know is snowy or icy, only a skilled and knowledgeable personal injury attorney can help you assess the owner’s liability when an accident happens.

If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident due to falling snow or ice, you may be able to recover the cost of your medical bills, lost wages and monetary damages for pain and suffering. As in all claims, completely documenting your case is vital. Take photos of the area as it looked at the time of the accident and keep all of your medical documentation. Talk to any witnesses who observed the event and obtain their contact information.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident due to falling snow or ice, contact the personal injury attorneys at We have the knowledge and experience to offer you the best legal representation while fighting for the compensation you need and deserve.

About The Author

Fatos Dervishi, Esq.

Fatos Dervishi, Esq.

A personal injury attorney, with offices in the Bronx and Manhattan, Fatos Dervishi has years of experience handling cases in New York. Mr. Dervishi, who grew up in Albania, obtained his law degree in 1989 from the Tirana University School of Law. He then worked as a special agent of the General Investigations Office with an office in Tirana, before being elected Deputy Attorney General by the Albanian Parliament in 1994. He served as Deputy Attorney General of Albania from 1994 to 1998.

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