Can weather affect a slip and fall case?

New York winters can be brutal. Our area can receive a lot of snow that piles up around the roads. Under this snow, there may be ice. Due to these conditions, pedestrians should proceed with caution during the winter months. This can be a prime time for slip and fall accidents. If individuals are on someone else鈥檚 property owner, they may be able to hold the owner responsible for failing to remove the slippery conditions. When weather becomes a hazard, property owners are usually given a certain amount of time to clear the hazard. If they do not clear the hazardous conditions in that allotted time, they may be held responsible for someone involved in a slip and fall accident. However, if someone entered onto the property at their own risk before the time limit expired, they may not be able to hold the property owner responsible for their accident.

What else can cause this accident to occur?

Slip and fall accidents can be caused by various conditions. If a sidewalk is in bad shape, it may cause someone to trip and fall. Loose debris and uneven pavement can cause someone to get into a slip and fall accident on a sidewalk. If someone is in a store or other place, they may fall due to slippery surfaces, poorly maintained stairs, abrupt changes in flooring, poor lighting and more. If they are involved in a slip and fall accident, they can seek to fulfill the burden of proof. By fulfilling the burden of proof, they may be able to hold the property owner responsible for their accident. This can provide damages to them that can cover the cost of their medical bills.

Damages can help provide for someone that is involved in a slip and fall accident. Since they may be injured, they will have to pay back medical bills. These bills can become expensive if they are in and out of the doctor鈥檚 office. Damages can cover the cost of these bills. Since they are injured, they may also be unable to work. Damages can also cover the cost of lost wages or lost future wages.

At Mark L. Bodner, P.C., we are committed to guiding clients through each step of the medical malpractice claims process. Our firm understands how traumatic it can be when you become a victim of medical malpractice. We are prepared to fight on your behalf to help you recover a maximum compensation award. Contact our firm today.