The wintertime in Toledo and the rest of Northern Ohio can bring plenty of snowfall and frigid nights, but the springtime is not much different. As ice-cold rains and blustery storms frequent the region, it is not uncommon for walkways to get coated in an invisible and dangerous layer of slick ice. With more inclement weather seemingly on the horizon, now is a good time for you to know your legal options if you are hurt in a slip and fall accident on an icy walkway.
Who is Liable for an Icy Walkway Accident?
Mother Nature might be to blame for the sleet and snow that ultimately caused your painful slip and fall injury but suing her for compensation is not an option. Unless someone pushed or shoved you, there’s not likely to be anyone else involved with your accident either. So who, if anyone, might be liable for your incident? Icy walkways are viewed just like watery or rain-soaked walkways in less harsh weather. You are expected to tread carefully but the property owner also has an inherent responsibility to clear up unreasonably dangerous hazards that guests, visitors, and patrons might encounter. If you slipped on an icy walkway right in front of a retail store location, you probably have grounds for a premises liability case. Not only should the business owner or manager have known that the weather would produce slippery sidewalks, they should have also known that people would have reason to walk there as the day went on. If completely clearing up the ice was not possible, warning signage should have been used to designate that the area was hazardous. As with all premises liability cases, the chances of winning financial compensation depends heavily on the details. If you slipped on an icy walkway in a neighbor’s backyard after you were not given permission to go there, you may have no claim for compensation. But, on the other hand, perhaps the warning was vague or unclear. In such a situation, you may be found only 50% liable for your accident, and therefore 50% responsible for paying for your medical bills, which is still far better than 100% responsible. To determine the strength and validity of your slip and fall case after taking a spill on an icy walkway, contact Williams DeClark Tuschman Co., L.P.A. Our Toledo personal injury lawyers half more than 50 years of combined lawsuit experience and have won millions for our clients through successful case results and settlements. Learn more about our traditional of excellence today by scheduling your free case evaluation with our staff.