Regardless of the season, various weather conditions, such as heavy rainfall, snow, and ice, can significantly enhance the likelihood of a slip-and-fall accident. Unfortunately, depending on the circumstances of an accident, inclement weather conditions can hinder your ability to recover monetary compensation for your damages. As such, it’s crucial to enlist the help of a talented New York City Slip and Fall Lawyer who can help you fight for the just compensation you deserve.
What role does weather play in a slip-and-fall case in New York?
In the unfortunate event that you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident caused by dangerous weather-related conditions on another person’s property, you are entitled to pursue legal action to seek reasonable compensation for your damages. However, it’s imperative to determine the extent of the property owner’s liability for your injuries as, in some cases, they may not be accountable for injuries that arise due to inclement weather conditions.
In New York, property owners have a legal responsibility to ensure the safety of their visitors by maintaining a safe environment. They must regularly inspect their premises, repair dangerous property conditions, and provide adequate warnings of potentially hazardous situations to mitigate the risks of accidents and injuries. This duty also includes clearing weather-related hazards. When the appropriate parties fail to address dangerous property conditions, they can be held liable for any injuries that occur as a direct result of their negligence.
Nevertheless, property owners are granted a reasonable amount of time to attend to a hazard after a dangerous condition arises. For instance, after a weather event such as a snowstorm, property owners are given a timeframe in which they must clear hazards or provide adequate warnings to visitors of potentially dangerous situations to prevent accidents and injuries. Therefore, if you are injured in a slip-and-fall accident due to a weather-related condition on someone else’s property, you must establish that the property owner had prior knowledge about the dangerous weather-related condition that could put their visitors at risk of injury and failed to rectify the situation promptly. For instance, if you slipped while you were walking up to a retail store, and it is covered with ice, the property owner can likely be held liable for your injuries as they are responsible for clearing this hazard. However, if it just started to snow and the ice has not fully formed, meaning the walkway is clear, they may not bear liability for your injuries as they are granted reasonable time to address the issue.
As you can see, it can be challenging to determine whether a property owner bears liability for your injuries. As such, it’s in your best interest to enlist the help of a skilled lawyer from the Law Offices of Brain J. Elbaum, who can help guide you through this complex legal process. Allow our firm to represent your interests today to maximize your chances of achieving the best possible outcome.