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Practice Areas – Snow and Ice Injuries

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

During the winter season, roads, parking lots, sidewalks, steps, stairs and other traveled surfaces are sometimes covered with newly fallen snow, packed snow, ice and freezing rain which create hazardous driving and walking situations.  Another very dangerous situation which we experience during this time of the year is a condition known as black ice. Black ice is especially dangerous because of its transparent nature which does not alert the experienced or alert driver that there is a hazard until they are right on top of it. Black ice is so named because it is clear and appears to be the color of the roadway beneath it. In many cases a road, parking lot or sidewalk covered with black ice will appear to be wet when in fact it is covered with a sheet of ice

 

Black ice will generally form in the early morning hours or at night when the temperature drops to at, near or below freezing or when the sun is not out to warm the roads. Once temperatures reach near the freezing point any water that comes into contact with roadways can turn into black ice. The sources of water can include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Light snow
  • Melting snow which later refreezes
  • Ice or snow which is warmed by tires which later refreezes
  • Rain
  • Drizzle
  • Mist
  • Splashing water from potholes or puddles
  • Fog
  • Spray from passing vehicles
  • Water dripping from overhanging object which refreezes
  • Motor vehicle exhaust

 

Snow and ice injury cases, including motor vehicle accidents and slip and fall cases,  can occur in a variety of settings and causes which could include:

  • Public roads or highways
  • Defective roads or highways
  • Bridges or tunnels
  • Public or private sidewalks
  • Public buildings
  • Steps or stairs of buildings
  • Apartment  or condominium complexes
  • Malls or shopping centers
  • Government buildings
  • Parking lots
  • Store entryways
  • Property owner claims
  • Landlord or tenant claims
  • Management company claims
  • Falling snow and ice from roofs
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Failure to clear snow and ice
  • Failure to sand or salt
  • Improper warnings or failure to warn
  • Insufficient lighting
  • Workplace slip and fall or trip and fall injuries
  •  Contractor liability claims for failure to properly plow, sand or salt
  • Other types and causes of liability claims

 

The person, persons or entity that could be responsible for your injuries and damages could include any of the following:

Property Owner

State or municipality who owns, maintains or is responsible for the property where the injury occurred

Persons having care, custody or control of the property where the injury occurred

Tenant

Management Company

Condominium Association

Property Manager

Building Manager

Contractor responsibility for maintaining the property

Third parties who created or otherwise contributed to the injury

Others

 

Snow and ice accidents can result in many different types of injuries which could include:

  • Head Injuries including traumatic brain injuries or TBI
  • Wrongful death
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Broken or fractured bones
  • Back injuries
  • Hand, wrist and arm injuries
  • Leg Injuries
  • Hip and joint injuries
  • Soft tissue injuries including strains and sprains
  • Permanent Scars and Disfigurement
  • Other permanent injuries

 

If you have been injured in an accident involving snow and ice you could be entitled to money damages for some or all of the following:

 

·         Past and future medical bills

  • Past and future loss of income
  • Rehabilitative care and treatment
  • Compensation for continuing medical treatment
  • In home medical care
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Permanent injuries
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Loss of life’s enjoyment with your spouse or/and children
  • Statutory damages
  • Punitive damages
  • Any other potential losses

If you have been involved in an accident involving black ice or snow and ice you need to take pictures, if possible, at the time and of the place of the accident to show what caused the accident. If at the time and place of the accident you are able, you should also take photographs of the accident site which may help to prove the liability of the at fault party. Those photographs might show what cause you to slip and fall or might show that the driver of the other vehicle hit you in your lane of traffic. If you are not able and cannot take any photographs at the accident site, ask a family member or friend to return to the accident site as soon as possible to take as many pictures as possible.  Photographs taken at or near the time of the accident, depicting the cause or condition the accident, can provide evidence which could be the key to establishing the liability of the at fault party and proving your case.

There are a number of complicated issues in cases involving accidents due to snow and ice so it is important to consult with an experienced injury attorney at the earliest possible moment. You failure to do so could severely compromise your claim and may have a very negative effect upon your ability to collect money damages.