With the temperatures turning colder and winter weather expected to make a return this weekend, it's a good time to remember your accountability as a homeowner and/or business owner during inclement weather.
Keeping public sidewalks clear of ice and snow is an important obligation for business and homeowners. A fall caused by the negligent upkeep of sidewalks or buildings due to unsafe ice or snow conditions can lead to serious injuries, including sprains, strains, and even fractures. A serious fracture suffered by an elderly person can render them partially or permanently disabled, leaving them without the ability to perform their daily activities.
The building owner is responsible for ensuring that all unsafe conditions are removed to prevent devastating fall injuries.
Get prepared for the harsh winter weather that is sure to come.
- Have a snow shovel, ice melter and other equipment on hand.
- If you own business, make sure employees understand the importance of clearing sidewalks, driveways, and parking lots as quickly as possible.
- If you are not able to maintain your property yourself, contract with a service to do the work for you.
If you have been injured from a fall on ice or snow due to negligent inspection, maintenance or removal of unsafe conditions, you may be entitled to compensation under West Virginia law. Contact Tammy Bowles Raines Law Office for a free consultation.