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Slipping and falling in winter: Your rights in New Jersey

The winter months are here, and that means there's going to be ice and snow all around you. Most stores and communities take the time and effort to clear roads, lay down salt, and make sure clients know if an icy patch hasn't yet dissolved. These things all help you avoid being injured and hurting yourself; even a simple fall can lead to serious, life-long injuries or death.

After you slip and fall on ice, you may be asking yourself what to do next. Is the company you were shopping at liable? Is your neighbor responsible for failing to de-ice the stairs you had to walk on? Were the roads icy, causing you to slip in a crosswalk and get injured, and if so, is the city liable? There are many situations that can result in you suffering, and in most of them, you should be able to seek compensation for those injuries.

Generally speaking, property owners have the responsibility of keeping sidewalks, steps, walkways and parking lots clear of ice and snow that can cause injuries. Commercial properties in particular have this responsibility. If salt hasn't been laid down and no attempt at shoveling or plowing the snow has been undertaken, this could be seen as negligence.

After you're hurt in a fall, make sure you seek immediate medical attention, even if you only have a minor bump on the head or a small laceration. You should take photographs of the area and take note of where the accident took place. To learn more about the steps you need to take next, take a few minutes to look over our premises liability webpage.

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