Every year, snow and ice causes problems for thousands of individuals in the Kansas City area. Many of these problems are related to slip and fall incidents. A slip and fall injury can have devastating impacts on an individual’s finances, well-being, and daily life.
Generally, property owners have a legal responsibility to safeguard people from slip-and-fall injuries. That duty includes ensuring that the property is safe and regularly inspecting the property and removing hazards those pose a threat to the community. Liability for damages can be sought if the owners knew, or should have known, about the dangerous condition but didn’t warn against it or remediate the issue. There are exceptions, though.
Many slip-and-fall injuries occur in commercial spaces such as malls, large retailers, and parking lots. Victims are unacquainted with the area, especially during winter, making falls more likely. If the injury occurred near a store, the store owner is usually responsible for damages. Typically, a store or businesses owner is responsible for the walkway and parking area immediately adjacent to its front door. Notably, responsibility varies according to the terms of individual leases and area of the property.
If the injury happened further away from a store, such as in the large parking lot area, the shopping center owner is usually responsible for damages. Typically, landlords must properly maintain common areas. That includes things like black ice safety measures. Refer to our “What to do After a Slip and Fall Accident” blog or contact our office in the unfortunate event of a slip and fall injury.
Our personal injury attorneys are here for you if you ever need to consult with them after a slip and fall incident on someone else’s property. Try to contact us as soon as you can, so we can provide you with any information that you may need to give you the best chance of receiving the compensation you deserve.
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