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Who Is Responsible If I Slip and Fall on an Icy Sidewalk?

Posted on: January 9, 2017

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When winter comes, many places experience snow and ice. It is a natural occurrence and as such people are expected to take the necessary precautions. This means dressing appropriately and using footwear that will help you stay upright. However, accidents will happen so who is responsible if you slip and fall on an icy sidewalk?

Everyone Has a Role to Play
Naturally occurring ice and snow do not present a liability according to Oklahoma Premise Liability Law. This is with the stipulation that the accumulation occurred as a result of weather and not due to gutters, eves or other manmade devices that could lead to a hazardous situation. Under normal circumstances the law expects you to protect yourself so that you do not slip and fall. Wearing proper attire for the weather is important.

If the fall was the result of an accumulation of ice or snow due to something other than nature, there may be cause for liability. When an icy patch has been allowed to form due to a dripping gutter or downspout someone can be held responsible. Removing the ice, repairing or redirecting the flow that is causing the buildup is the responsibility of the property owner. Neglecting to do so presents a perilous situation that could be avoided with the proper care.

“Black ice” on the property of a business owner may be seen as a liability. Business owners are expected to keep their premises in relatively safe conditions for patrons. If there has been sufficient warning that weather conditions may produce “black ice,” it is expected that the property owner will warn people that there is a hazard and of course the owner should take measures to make the area safe.

Staying Safe So You Won’t Slip and Fall
When the weather becomes inclement, it is always best to be prepared. Whether or not property owners provide a safe environment for their patrons, do what you can to ensure your own safety. To slip and fall on the ice or snow can leave you with a bruise or sore backside or it could have serious consequences.  It is possible to sustain major physical and neurological damage should your head hit the pavement.

When conditions get slippery outside you will be less likely to slip and fall if you wear shoes or boots that have good traction. It is worth the investment to protect your body from injury. If you do slip and fall, be sure to get yourself checked for injuries. Remember, some injuries sustained in a fall may not manifest until hours or even days later.

Contact Edwards & Patterson Law Office if you feel you have sustained injury from a slip and fall on an icy sidewalk in Tulsa, McAlester or anywhere in the eastern Oklahoma area. Our initial consultation is free. When you are in pain and need a compassionate team of professionals on your side, you want one of our lawyers fighting for you. We are committed to helping our clients. We care, we fight, we win!

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