December in Indianapolis brings with it snow, ice and the dreaded “wintry mix” falling from the sky. It makes our roads and sidewalks sometimes treacherous, especially when temperatures fluctuate above and below freezing. Additionally, we track snow indoors where it can melt and make floors slippery.
If you fall on ice, snow or wet floors, you may suffer just a bruised ego—or you could be seriously hurt. If a fall lands you in the hospital, could you be entitled to compensation for your injuries? The answer depends on the circumstances that led to your fall.
Duty of Care
Property and business owners have a legal “duty of care” to keep their premises safe, which means they must do everything reasonable to prevent foreseeable harm to tenants, customers and other visitors to their property or business. “Duty of care” includes anything that a reasonable person could predict might cause someone to become injured.
Proving Negligence After a Slip and Fall Injury
If you can demonstrate that a business or property owner didn’t take reasonable steps to prevent the conditions that caused your fall, you may be able to collect compensation for the losses your injury has caused you. Such steps include:
- Removing snow and ice on steps and walkways promptly
- Keeping parking lots clear of ice and snow
- Placement of mats inside entryways to prevent slippery floors
- Placing “wet floor” signs where people are likely to track snow and slush from outdoors
Of course, no one can reasonably be expected to remove every snowflake as it falls and mop up every drop on the floor. However, the law does require that steps such as these be taken within a reasonable amount of time.
Have You Been Injured in a Fall?
If you or a loved one was injured in a slip and fall, you might be entitled to compensation. Contact us today to speak directly with an experienced attorney about your case.