Winter is upon us; watch out for icy sidewalks

Kentucky is known for having some amazing weather. They are also known for having severe ice situations a few times each winter. Although Kentucky may not always get a lot of snow, they do receive quite a bit of ice. Ice can be dangerous for pedestrians and it is important for property owners to keep their outside area safe.

Winter months often cause slippery conditions. Slip and fall accidents are some of the most common personal injury lawsuits. There are certain conditions a property owner needs to meet when it comes to snow and ice removal. If conditions on their property lead to an unnatural accumulation of snow and ice, they can be held liable. So, if a parking lot has a slope that causes ice to accumulate and refreeze or if a clogged gutter leads to ice melting and refreezing on the ground, are situations in which a property owner may be held liable. If a property owner does not adequately maintain their sidewalks it can also lead to a serious fall.

If a person fell in an area where a property owner did not take appropriate action to keep safe, they may be held liable for the accident. A slip and fall injury can be serious and cause broken bones, a head injury or other serious injury. A legal professional who is skilled in personal injury can help their client get answers as to what happened to cause the accident. They can investigate the accident scene and determine who is liable for the injury. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, pain and suffering and other damages.

During the winter season it is important for property owners to keep their premises safe for their customers. Snow and ice and cause serious slip and fall injuries.

Source: injury.findlaw.com, "Conditions leading to outdoor slip and fall accidents", accessed on Dec. 19, 2017

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