As the weather begins to transition from the high 70’s to the low 40’s, the elements in which we live in change. The morning dew turns in to the morning ice and this has the potential to be dangerous. According to the Center for Disease Control, “approximately 19,565 people die in the U.S. annually due to injuries caused by unintentional fall”. Also, OSHA states that, slips, trips and falls cause 15% of all accidental deaths. All of these statements confirm how important it is to be aware of the safety hazards within one’s property. It is also important as a customer or visitor to be aware of your surroundings and the environment that you are entering.
Is the Ice to Blame?
When a slip and fall accident due to weather occurs on a person’s property, the owner of the property is often times at fault. If the owner of the property is fully aware of the dangers and has failed to take the proper precautions in order to provide a safe and hazard free environment, then their negligence makes them liable for any injuries on the premises. The prosecuter must prove that the defendant had knowledge of the dangerous environment for them to be successful in a slip and fall case. If you or a loved one are a victim of a slip and fall accident, you are highly encouraged to seek out a Personal Injury Attorney.