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‘Tis the Season for Slip and Fall Accidents

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Updated May 26, 2019 | Premises Liability |

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December in Indianapolis brings snow, ice and the dreaded “wintry mix” falling from the sky. It sometimes makes our roads and sidewalks 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

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 in 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.

Contact a Premises Liability Attorney Today

If you or a loved one have been injured in a slip and fall accident, you are urged to contact the Indianapolis Premises Liability Attorneys of Wilson Kehoe Winingham. The lawyers at WKW can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.

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