If you slip and fall in on a property that involves snow or ice then many people think that the landlord or person in control of the property is automatically liable. The fact of the matter is that there are a great number of issues and potential complications in any case that involves slipping on snow and ice in Connecticut. If you have been seriously injured as a result of falling on a slippery or icy walkway then it is incredibly important that you contact an experienced Connecticut slip and fall lawyer at the earliest possible moment. These injuries can occur on walkways, sidewalks, parking lots, stairs, or other areas in shopping centers, store parking lots, malls, commercial properties, stores, private residences, condominium properties, apartment complexes, multifamily houses, or a variety of other types of properties.
One of the first issues that your Connecticut slip and fall lawyer must investigate is the issue of liability. In other words, who owns the property, who controls the property, who is responsible for the care and maintenance of the property, what third-party contractors might be responsible for properly taking care of the property, what are the circumstances surrounding the slip and fall, what type of notice did the person who owns, maintains, or controls, the property have as to the dangerous situation, what should the owner, person who maintains or controls the property have known about the slippery situation, when did it occur, was it during or soon after an ongoing storm, or what other facts and circumstances were present. This is one of the many reasons why it is very important that you contact an experienced CT slip and fall lawyer at the earliest possible opportunity because certain things may have to be done at or near the time of the fall to properly document and investigate your potential claim.
One complication that may arise in your Connecticut slip and fall case is if the injury occurred either during a storm or within a reasonable time thereafter. The Connecticut Supreme Court has held that, as a general rule, that no liability can attach to the owner, keeper or person that maintains the property, in the absence of unusual circumstances, if the slip and fall occurred during a storm in progress or at some reasonable time thereafter. The court has held that to require a landlord or other person to keep the walks and steps clear of all dangerous accumulations of ice, sleet or snow or to spread sand or other non-skid material on the surface while a storm continues is inexpedient and impractical. One of the ways that your Connecticut slip and fall lawyer can address this potential defense is to show that the accumulation of snow or ice, that cause the injured party to slip and fall, was the result of a prior storm whereby the snow and ice had not been removed before the new snow fell on top of the pre-existing slippery surface.
If you contact a Connecticut personal injury lawyer at the earliest possible moment then there is an opportunity to take numerous photographs of the condition that caused the injured party to fall and to interview any witnesses that might have seen what happened or can indicate how long the situation had been in its dangerous condition. Some witnesses might be able to give information about complaints that were made to the owner or person who controls the property, whether or not the property was sanded or salted, whether or not the ice or snow had previously been removed, or could provide additional information that could assist your Connecticut accident attorney in properly developing your case.
There are so many reasons why you need to contact a Connecticut personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Our attorneys are happy to speak with you either over the telephone or in person to specifically review the facts of your case and to advise you as to what you should be doing. In addition to the liability issues that may arise, you will also want to discuss what type of medical care and treatment you should receive, how you can develop your lost wage claim, how you can get better medical care, how you can get better quicker, what you should be telling your doctors, and a great number of other things that can help you properly develop your Connecticut slip and fall case.
Contact one of our Connecticut slip and fall attorneys today to find out more information about your case and what you can do to help maximize the amount of money you are able to get for your case.