As the weather becomes colder, ice and snow start to accumulate on the ground increasing the risk of slipping and falling. If you have been injured while walking in a public place, you may wonder who is liable for your injuries. In this blog, our Greenville MS injury lawyer explains who could be held liable for your injuries, what you could recover and how to document your case.
Reasonable Duty of Care
Ice or snow related slip and fall accidents usually occur in parking lots or on the pavement outside of businesses. While property owners are required to practice a reasonable duty of care during the winter months by removing ice and snow from their walkways, pedestrians are also required to practice a duty of care and anticipate the possibility of snow and ice in areas they know will be snowy or icy. Additionally, if you slipped and fell while acting negligently, you could not be awarded compensation at all for your injuries. Some states recognize that snow and ice naturally accumulate over time and in some cases, property owners can be relieved of their liability if the slip and fall accident is found to have occurred after a natural accumulation of snow or ice.
Compensation You Could Recover
Slip and fall injuries can be severe and extensive. If you slipped and fell and the owner of the property is found liable for your injuries, you could recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, or pain and suffering. You must demonstrate that your injuries are responsible for making you miss work in order to collect lost wages.
Personal injury cases can be time-consuming and complicated without the help of an experienced attorney. To discuss your case further, contact our Greenville MS injury attorney. 877-714-4171