Connecticut winters can be unforgiving in terms of ice and snow. Between the chilly temperatures and the rush of people out and about getting their holiday shopping done, you should be aware of several of the biggest hazards that you could run into in a parking lot this season.
While certain factors, among them icy sidewalks, cluttered store aisles and slick surfaces, have the capacity to make anyone fall down, Connecticut’s older residents face an elevated risk of falling and injuring themselves when such environmental factors exist. At Loughlin Fitzgerald, P.C., we recognize that when home and business owners are negligent, they endanger everyone, but today’s older Americans typically have other risk factors in play that make them even more likely to suffer a fall-related injury.
Businesses in Connecticut have a responsibility toward you, the customer, to make their property as safe as possible. This means providing adequate lighting so that you don't trip, slip, or fall on any surfaces leading into the building in question.
Many shops in Connecticut have walkways or stairs leading from the sidewalk into the building itself. Sometimes there may also be short ramps. Other times, the set of stairs can be quite long. In some cases, there might not be either, but there could still be a raised platform before you enter the building. And all of these things come with inherent safety risks.
After a fall, it can be tempting to hold off on immediately seeking compensation. Many people, potentially including you, may think that it's only a small accident and not worth looking into immediately, or you might feel fine. Loughlin & Fitzgerald, attorneys at law, are here to explain exactly why you might not want to wait at all.
Like most Connecticut residents, you may be familiar with the advice to document the scene of a car accident that you were involved in, so law enforcement and insurance companies can determine who was responsible and begin the process of compensating you. However, you may be unclear on the steps to take if you are injured in an accident that did not involve motor vehicles, particularly in a slip-and-fall case.
No one has to tell Connecticut residents of the hazards that ice and snow present to roads, sidewalks, driveways, parking lots and outdoor stairs. Often they spend half of each year digging out from snow and/or ice storms and gingerly making their way down sidewalks and across streets and parking lots to get to wherever they need to go.
Connecticut residents who have been injured as the result of a slip-and-fall accident often wish to sue the person they believe is responsible for their injury. FindLaw notes that these lawsuits where someone has slipped, tripped or fallen while on someone else’s property are considered to be a type of premises liability civil suit. Generally, the property owner or the person responsible for the property’s maintenance and upkeep is the person named as defendant.
With the weekend forecast including a major winter storm, this is a good time for Connecticut business owners to review the implications of premises liability. Forbes reminds tenants and owners alike that responsibility for the safety of your staff and your clients rests with you alone.
As you finish your holiday shopping in Connecticut, you usually do not expect to incur an injury. You may sometimes be wounded in a store, though, if you slip and fall. We at Loughlin and Fitzgerald, Attorneys at Law, understand it is important for you to know what to do if this happens.