Slip and Fall Accidents Involving Snow or Ice in Colorado Springs

Winter in Colorado means snow and ice.  For many parts of the state, winter snow is a welcomed sight for cold weather sports and tourism.  But it also means that slip and falls are more likely to occur.  When someone slips on an icy sidewalk or falls because of snow melt that was tracked in, they  could suffer serious or catastrophic personal injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and broken bones. This is a type of premises liability case that may allow someone to recover compensation for personal injuries such as pain and suffering, lost wages, medical bills, and other damages. It is important to note, however, that not all slip and fall accidents result in liability. As a result if you were in a slip and fall accident involving snow or ice in Colorado Springs, you should seek the assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney.

Liability of Property Owners in Ice or Snow Falling Accidents

 Individuals who slipped and fell on tracked in snow may be able to recover compensation if they can establish that a defendant landowner, possessor, maintainer, or other person or business in control failed to keep their premises reasonably safe under the circumstances.  State law requires business owners to maintain their premises free of defects, dangerous conditions, hazardous conditions, or other potentially harmful situations for foreseeable guests.

Tracked in snow or icy sidewalks present a dangerous condition that landowners and business owners have a legal obligation to make safe. Therefore, individuals who slip and fall on melted snow or ice may be entitled to compensation for the negligence of a landowner or business owner if they failed to fulfill this legal obligation. Tracked in snow that melts is dangerous for several reasons, including:

  • Tracked in snow is usually at the entrance or exit of a store, which means this is a point that customers will most likely be near
  • Tracked in snow that melts can melt clear and become more difficult for a person to see and therefore slip on
  • Tracked in snow that melts could be slippery on certain surfaces such as linoleum or painted wood, both which are common floor surfaces
  • Tracked in snow could cause a person to slip and fall near shelving units or other furniture that could cause head injuries

Therefore, customers or guests to stores, businesses, houses, apartments, and other properties are entitled to a premises which is reasonably maintained free of dangerous conditions.  Slippery and hard-to-see melted snow is a dangerous defect which could result in serious injury for an individual who has rights under state law to compensation.

Contact our Colorado Springs Attorneys Following a Slip and Fall Accident Caused by Snow or Ice

Individuals injured due to tracked in snow or icy sidewalks may suffer serious or catastrophic personal injuries. In these situations, injured parties their families may be entitled to compensation.

Here at Springs Law Group, our legal professionals know how to prove liability and damages in a premises liability case involving an icy sidewalk or tacked in snow. We could work with your medical providers and may hire other experts to help protect your claim and establish liability.  If you or a loved one were seriously injured in a slip and fall accident involving snow or ice, ask our attorneys in Colorado Springs for a free consultation to learn what your rights to compensation may be under the state law.