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%
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.