Winter is on its way in Indianapolis, and this means storms will come leaving the city’s streets and sidewalks slick with ice and snow. Slippery roads, sidewalks and parking lots are a danger not just to drivers, but also to pedestrians who may slip and fall, leading to serious injuries. When this happens, you may wonder if you can pursue a legal claim against the property owner whose sidewalk or parking lot you slipped on.
Liability for the accumulation ice or snow outside a building
It may surprise you to learn that in general, property owners are not legally responsible to remove naturally accumulated ice or snow outside their premises, unless ordered to by local ordinances. However, if the conditions lead to an unnatural accumulation of ice or snow or if the property owner was negligent in the removal of ice or snow, then they may face liability.
Some examples of unnatural accumulation of ice or snow
The following are some examples of the unnatural accumulation of ice or snow that could lead to liability. If there is ice on the roof of the premises that melts and then drips onto the ground due to a clogged gutter, leading to refrozen patches of ice on the sidewalk, this could be an unnatural accumulation of ice. Or ice can unnaturally accumulate if the parking lot is sloped, leading to refrozen puddles and icy patches on the parking lot.
Seek help with your winter slip-and-fall claims
Ultimately, this post is for informational purposes only and does not provide legal advice nor can it promise any specific outcome in a slip-and-fall claim. If you are injured this winter after falling due to ice or snow on a sidewalk or parking lot, you may want to seek the advice of a personal injury attorney to better understand your rights and options moving forward.