Winter Weather Increases Risk of Serious Injury from Slip-and-Fall Accidents
Wisconsin residents are all too familiar with the hazardous conditions winter brings. Despite any preparations Wisconsin residents take — e.g. using snow tires, plowing and salting roadways and sidewalks — weather-related injuries are still widespread.
During the winter of 2012, Wisconsin area hospitals reported record numbers of slip-and-fall accidents following storms. One particularly powerful storm in February of 2013 led to numerous hospitalizations in the Madison area. Hospitals across the region reported slip-and-fall related injuries ranging in severity, from hip fractures to head and wrist injuries, concussions, broken bones and even a broken neck. All too frequently, these types of injuries are results of a property owner’s negligence in leaving an excessive amount of ice or snow on their premises.
Premises liability lawyers in Milwaukee can assist you if you have been injured in a slip-and-fall caused by a property owner’s or occupier’s failure to timely remove snow or ice. It is important to note that a number of parties may be partially or wholly responsible for your injuries if you are hurt on another’s premises. For example, depending on the nature of the property where you were hurt, e.g. a private residence or a commercial property, you may have claims against the owner, occupier or occasionally both.
Typically, in a private rental apartment, the landlord will be responsible for injuries caused by permanent fixtures inside the apartment or by stairs, pathways and other outdoor fixtures on the premises. The renter will usually be responsible for injuries caused by movable items, such as furniture, inside the apartment. A premises liability attorney can counsel you regarding these and other distinctions made when identifying the party liable for your injuries suffered on their property.
With more than 100 years of combined experience handling slip-and-fall and other types of premises liability cases, our attorneys at The Previant Law Firm, S.C. have the skills necessary to conduct a thorough investigation of your injuries and bring the responsible party to justice. Contact us today for an initial consultation regarding your premises liability claim.