Icy Walkway Injury Lawyer in Omaha
Snow and ice in the winter aren’t just a danger for drivers. They also pose a risk to pedestrians walking outside and going in and out of stores. A slip-and-fall on an icy walkway can be very serious, leading to painful or life-changing injuries. Sometimes, these accidents just happen and no one is at fault. But there are many situations in which an injury could have been avoided if someone had acted responsibly to prevent it.
Premises Liability Services
If you or a loved one has been injured by slipping on an icy walkway owned or managed by a store, apartment complex, property owner, or city government, you are not alone. Don't accept a minor insurance settlement or take the blame for something that was not your fault. Call Bottlinger Law L.L.C. at (402) 505-8234 to tell us about what happened and discuss how we can help. Let us fight for your rights and take action against those who are to blame for your injuries.
Common Injuries in Winter Weather Slip-and-Falls
Most slip-and-fall accidents in the winter take place on a sidewalk, stairs, or a ramp that is not properly cleared off. Injuries from these types of accidents include:
- Cuts and bruises
- Broken bones
- Internal organ injuries
- Neck and shoulder injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Injuries to the face and head
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
Negligence and Wintery Conditions
Snow, slush, and ice can make areas like sidewalks and the entrances to businesses extremely dangerous. Businesses and property owners are responsible for providing safe walkways for pedestrians who are welcome on their property. If a property owner is negligent and someone is hurt, that property owner may be held liable.
For example, a reasonable person who sees an icy stairway on his property will use salt or other methods to melt the ice and make the stairs safe for anyone to use. Failing to do so can be an act of negligence.
It is important to note that negligence typically requires a person be aware of a potentially dangerous situation. Common sense does come into play, so winter weather means most reasonable people will expect snow and ice to create slippery surfaces. If you see a dangerous walkway, be sure to let employees or property owners know about the danger, which gives them a chance to act reasonably and fix the issue.
However, ignorance is not bliss. If a property owner should have known of a dangerous condition, perhaps one easily found in a routine inspection, he is still liable even if he claims he had no idea it was there.
Liability for Your Injuries
A property owner’s liability for your injuries comes down to whether the injury was caused by an act of negligence. The connection between the negligence and the injury is very important. For example, a business failing to salt an icy sidewalk right outside its front doors is probably negligent. On the other hand, if you are injured because a bicyclist hits you while you are walking on the same walkway, that injury might not be directly connected to the icy sidewalk or the business owner, and the owner may not be responsible for your injury.
Demonstrating negligence and liability is not always easy, which is why you need an experienced Nebraska premises liability attorney by your side. Call Bottlinger Law L.L.C. at (402) 505-8234 for a free consultation to discuss your case.
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