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Ice and snow create hazards in Connecticut

When a nor'easter pounds Connecticut, the hazards extend beyond whipping winds and surging floodwaters. Snow, ice and even fallen branches can create a hazard for members of the public who are trying to negotiate a sidewalk or enter a building. If such a hazard results in an injury, the party responsible for keeping the right of way clear may be on the hook for damages and expenses that arise from the injury.

Building or dwelling owners, as well as businesses open to the public, are under a legal obligation to keep sidewalks, entry ways, aisles, etc. free from hazards so that you can safely navigate them. Some municipalities have ordinances that dictate when a sidewalk must be cleared of snow or ice. Where there is not an ordinance, the legal duty to maintain hazard-free public areas still exists.

Legally, this duty is referred to as premises liability. Basically, an owner can be held liable if he or she fails to mitigate an unsafe condition on their property or business that is open to passersby or members of the public. People may typically think of icy or snow-covered sidewalks, but wet and slippery floors or aisles are also examples of hazards to the public.

If you have been injured in a slip or trip that resulted in a fall on someone else's property, you may be entitled to compensation for any medical expenses or other damages associated with the injury. An experienced premises liability attorney, like those at Gillis Law Firm, can ensure that you receive the compensation to which you are entitled. Visit our firm's personal injury page to see how we can help you.

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