Who Do I Sue if I Slip on Snow or Ice?

You just slipped on a patch of ice, and injured yourself. Who is legally responsible for the injuries you suffered for slipping on snow and ice? If you fell on private property, then the people in charge of the property are responsible. Responsibility for snow and ice removal starts with the property owner. If the property is rented to others, the renter will likely also be responsible for your slipping and falling. Other possible responsible parties are property managers, and private contractors that attempted snow removal but created a more dangerous condition than the one before they started their work. Who is responsible for the injuries suffered when you slip and fall on ice or snow on the sidewalk? The answer depends on who owns the sidewalk, and local laws and rules. If the homeowner or property owner owns the sidewalk then the answer is the same as above, the owner and/or renters will be responsible. If the local government owns the sidewalk, then one must look to the local rules to decided who is liable for slips and falls. Each County, City, Town, Village, etc., has its own rules regarding the requirements for maintaining sidewalks in their jurisdiction, and who is liable for failing to maintain the sidewalk. Thus, when the slip or fall on ice or snow occurs on the sidewalk it is important to check the local rules and/or consult with an attorney. Other blog entries may also be helpful, so check out the other entries on the snow and ice heading. If your slip and fall on ice or snow occured in a street, then the entity responsible for maintaining that street would be responsible for your fall. However, since such an entity is usually a municipality or public government, there will likely be many barriers preventing you from being compensated for your injuries. Such include notices of claims, prior written notices laws, and other notice requirements, to name a few. If you have any questions or comments, please contact us. If you have a ideas for future blog posts let me know. – Marc Miner, Esq. Zalman & Schnurman is a New York law firm that concentrates in personal injury actions such as construction accidents, motor vehicle accidents, bicycle accidents, premises liability, trip and falls, slip and falls, snow and ice cases, medical malpractice, traumatic brain injuries, etc. Learn more at www.1800Lawline.com, or contact us at 1-800-LAWLINE, or 1-800-529-5463 New York City, Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Nassau County, Suffolk County, Westchester County, Rockland County. The information provided here is for informational purposes only and is not meant as legal advice or to cover all possible facts or factors. An attorney should be consulted to discuss specific facts and laws.

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