One of the winter chores that beset residents in the colder regions is clearing frozen material from their sidewalks and driveways. While shoveling and salting may be seen as an unpleasant task, it is also required by law in the majority of Connecticut’s municipalities. In the event that a pedestrian were to be injured by a slip and fall on an icy sidewalk, he or she may have a basis for filing a premises liability lawsuit.
Though there is no blanket law that applies to every state, the majority of cities and towns have laws regarding the time frame for removal of ice and snow from sidewalks, parking areas and other walkways that are accessible to the general public. If ice cannot be removed, then property owners are usually required to apply sand or other material that renders the walkway safer to pedestrians. Recently, a victim shared her story after suffering a serious fall on an icy sidewalk.
According to the woman, she decided to walk to her church the morning after a winter storm. However, she discovered that many of the sidewalks in her neighborhood were still snow covered. For this reason, she walked in the plowed street for a while. At some point, she returned to the sidewalk. She states that all she remembers is waking up in an ambulance after falling.
The woman suffered a head injury that caused bleeding in her brain. She now has nerve damage in her face and is temporarily unable to return to work. She is speaking out to warn others of the potential danger of not removing ice and snow from public walkways. Connecticut victims who have suffered a serious injury in a slip-and-fall accident could have a similar experience. If the fall occurred as a result of a property owner’s negligence, then he or she may have recourse to pursue recovery of monetary damages through a premises liability civil suit.