If you slip and fall on ice or snow and get injured, you may have grounds to file a legal claim for compensation.
Connecticut has an ongoing storm doctrine that suspends liability for slip-and-fall injuries while a storm is in progress and for a “reasonable” period of cleanup time after a storm ends.
Anyone who is injured in a fall caused by winter snow and ice conditions should contact the highly experienced Personal Injury lawyers of Rome Clifford Katz & Koerner, LLP for a free consultation.
What if You Slip and Fall on Snow or Ice on a Sidewalk?
Sec. 7-163a of the Connecticut General Statutes covers municipal liability for ice and snow on public sidewalks.
State law exempts towns, cities, and boroughs from liability for injuries to people or property caused by the presence of ice or snow on a public sidewalk unless the municipality is the owner of (or in possession and control of) land abutting the sidewalk; roads and streets don’t count.
Town hall and the police station are examples of places where a municipality may have liability for a slip-and-fall injury stemming from winter conditions.
Connecticut law allows municipalities to transfer liability for ice and snow slip-and-fall injuries on public sidewalks to the owner or person in possession and control of land abutting a public sidewalk – which means the owners of private homes or commercial developments may be liable for injuries if they fail to adhere to a town’s snow removal and ice treatment policies.
Wethersfield Police, for example, issued a press release in January 2018 reminding residents of the municipal ordinance requiring owners and occupants of buildings abutting public sidewalks to remove snow within 24 hours after a storm, and to remove ice within 10 hours (if that removal period is during the daytime).
Plainville’s snow and ice removal policy requires that owners and/or tenants of premises adjacent to public sidewalks remove snow and treat ice within 24 hours of the snowfall and/or formation of the ice.
West Hartford, meanwhile, requires that snow be removed in “12 hours from the time the storm ends or sunrise, whichever is later.”
If You Slip and Fall on Someone’s Private Property
Owners and those in control of private properties in Connecticut have a legal responsibility to maintain safe conditions under Premises Liability Law, and that includes removing snow and removing or treating ice after a storm.
Property owners, landlords, tenants, and others with control of a property may be liable if they were aware dangerous winter conditions existed on a property and did not take steps to address them within a reasonable period. A successful case requires proving that the conditions were unsafe, known to the person controlling the property, and unaddressed.
If You Slip and Fall in a Shopping Center Parking Lot
If you slip and fall on snow or ice on the sidewalks or parking lot at a commercial establishment such as a shopping center or restaurant, Premises Liability Law may apply if the owner or property manager knew about the danger, did not take proper steps to mitigate the dangerous conditions, and/or failed to post a notice alerting visitors to slippery winter conditions.
Contact Our Injury Lawyers to Learn if You Have a Claim
Whatever the nature and location of your winter slip-and-fall injuries, contact our Personal Injury team to learn if you should pursue a claim. Call us at 860-232-3000 or email injury law Partners Alan Rome at firstname.lastname@example.org or Chris Sica at email@example.com.
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