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Ice & Snow Slip & Falls — Who’s Liable?

Posted by Mary Ann Gorman | Posted in Personal Injury News

Accumulations of ice and snow on public roads, sidewalks and private property can create dangerous conditions and serious slip and fall injuries.

Property owners can sometimes be held liable for slip and fall injuries; however, standards of liability for these injuries are different depending on whether the property is owned by a state government, local government or private landowner.

Slip and Fall Accidents on Private Property

Owners of private property must not willingly or wantonly engage in misconduct that could injure a trespasser. Beyond that standard, private landowners generally have no duty of care to trespassers.

Private property owners have a higher duty of care to social guests, must correct problems or defects if they are aware of them and must warn guests of known dangers that could cause injuries.

Slip and Fall Accidents on a Private Property Used as a Business

When a private property is used as a business, the property owner must keep the property safe by finding and repairing defects that could cause harm or injuries to visitors.

The business property owner is generally liable for injuries to visitors even if the property owner was unaware of the danger if reasonable care would have made the property owner aware of the defect or dangerous condition.

These standards mean that if snow and ice accumulates on property and a visitor sustains a slip and fall injury, private property owners could be found responsible for the injury.

Slip and Fall Accidents on Government Property

If a person sustains a slip and fall injury due to snow or ice on government owned property, the issue of liability is more complex.

Government entities are often protected by sovereign immunity, which prevents an injured person from suing for damages. However, there are limited exceptions to this immunity.

If an injury occurs on a government-controlled roadway, property or sidewalk due to a dangerous condition or defect of the property, the government’s immunity may be defeated.

However, dangerous conditions such as an accumulation of snow or ice are not considered a condition or defect of the property; therefore, the government’s immunity generally remains intact.

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Comments (5)

What is the responsibility of a business that rents property? Is the business owner operator/renter liable or does liability fall back to property owner. This specifically relates to parking area and walkway used for the business. Business owner owns property that business is on but rents adjacent property for parking for his customers with a walk way to the business. Who is liable for injury due to improperly cared for grounds during the snow and ice season?

If I fell on ice after clocking out from work but was still on the property is it a workmans comp claim?

Hi, Angela, slip and fall injuries are always complex. There are a lot of factors that you need to consider, particularly who must be responsible for your accident. Can you blame your employer or even yourself? It is better if you can talk to the slip-and-fall injury lawyers, so they can enlighten you about your question. Normally, they do not ask for compensation for consultation.

If a city/ State municipality maintenance facility has a certain product which is potentially being viewed by the public/ customer for purchase from the vendor of the product now looking to sell in the private sector, who needs to carry insurance and what type besides General Insurance i.e. Auto Insurance Woker’s Compensation Insurance, Public Liability Insurance and or can there be an indemnity between the vendor for it’s customers and the city, for a product viewing is on public property i.e. a city maintenance yard and is injured while viewing the potential purchase. what necessary steps I need to take to get my product from viewing and around the Bureaucratic process?

I felt on ice and fracture some ribs in the city park of Richmond Hill when I was walking my kid to school. One parent call the city of Richmond Hill a few day before to complain of the slippery condition and they never came to put salt or sand.

Who is responsable for this situation?


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