• Sep
    13
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    Posted by: Jarve Kaplan Granato Starr

    Bad Weather and Premises Liability – Know Your Rights if You Have Been Injured on Someone’s Property

    It is a perfectly natural thing to blame yourself when you trip and fall: we all tend to be self-conscious and call ourselves clumsy, even when the fault is not our own. The same is true when an accident occurs in bad weather conditions. When people slip and fall on ice or snow, or in a rainy puddle in a store or supermarket, they tend to shrug it off and assume that the owner of the property can’t be held responsible because the weather is outside of their control. The truth is that there are many times that a weather-related accident can be at least partially the responsibility of a property owner. This is especially true when there is a record of negligence or carelessness regarding maintaining a property in a safe manner. If you’ve slipped or tripped and have suffered damages in bad weather, make sure that you know your rights. If you have been injured on someone’s property, your injuries may be their responsibility. The attorneys at Jarve, Kaplan, Granato & Starr are ready to meet with you and review your situation.

    A bad weather injury is not always considered a blameless situation. If you have been hurt on someone’s property, you may be able to file a claim against them to get reimbursed for the damages you’ve suffered. Though many people don’t like the idea of suing a local business or other entity, it is important to remember that your injury might have been preventable – and that if you don’t take the time to investigate, you could end up paying for your own medical expenses, even when they are somebody else’s fault.

    Property owners have certain responsibilities, even in bad weather conditions.  They are expected to make sure that they are maintaining their property and keeping it safe for all those who are on their property, and that can include taking whatever steps are necessary in bad weather. During winter weather that may mean keeping walkways cleared of snow and ice or using salt and sand on sidewalks. It may mean that a property owner provides mats for customers to wipe their feet in rainy weather, or places cones on slippery floors. Taking these precautions is essential in situations where it is foreseeable that failure to do so could result in injuries.

    The injuries that are suffered in slip and fall accidents, whether linked to bad weather conditions or not, can be critical. From broken bones and torn ligaments to concussions and traumatic head injuries, if somebody else contributed to or caused your injury then they need to be held responsible. The attorneys at Jarve, Kaplan, Granato & Starr will review your situation to determine whether you are eligible to receive compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering. Call us today to set up a convenient consultation.

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