There is never a shortage of snow and ice during the winter months in Colorado. Winter weather conditions in our state can create difficulties for businesses and dangers for patrons. Slip and fall accidents caused by ice and snow accumulation can occur without warning. For example, black ice is notoriously difficult to spot.
What can happen to patrons who slip and fall on ice? In the worst-case scenario, people can lose their lives. Brain and spinal cord injuries are also possible. Depending on the circumstances, businesses may be held liable when patrons suffer injuries caused by slips and falls.
What Factors Can Influence a Slip and Fall Accident Case?
There are many factors that could be important during a slip and fall lawsuit. Here are a few examples:
- Did the business have prior knowledge of ice accumulation?
- Did the business fail to correct the hazardous conditions?
- Were plaintiffs on the property legally?
- Where on or around the property did the slip and fall accident occur?
- Have other people suffered injuries from slip and fall accidents on the property?
- What was happening on the property at the time of the accident?
- Did other factors made the property unsafe?
- Does the plaintiff share any liability for the accident, due to alcohol consumption or other factors?
- Were there any witnesses to the accident or surveillance footage?
Unfortunately, injuries caused by slip and fall accidents can be permanent. Some people may require long-term medical care, or may be unable to return to their occupations. In the worst-case scenarios, people lose loved ones. By filing a lawsuit, it may be possible to recover damages to help pay for these costs. However, it is important to file a premises liability claim quickly to preserve evidence.
The experienced premises liability attorneys at Metier Law Firm, LLC, can hold businesses accountable when people suffer injuries caused by hazardous conditions.