John D. Scott, Attorney
Personal Injury • Workers Compensation
HOFFMAN, HAMER & ASSOCIATES, PLLC
A Minnesota-based attorney with over 18 years of experience, with expertise in Personal Injury & Workers Compensation.
As we near the end of February, most people start thinking about the end of winter and warmer temperatures on the horizon.
Well, for anyone who lives in Minnesota, we know that winter is just getting started and the chances for bitter cold and more snow are still high. Especially with the 6 more weeks of winter prediction after the groundhog recently saw his shadow.
And while more snow won’t cancel any parties or dampen the spirits of Minnesotans, it will be the cause of more shoveling, snow blowing, and salting of sidewalks, driveways, and steps.
Every year, people get injured from slipping and falling in the snow and ice. Before you pick up the phone and call your insurance agent and make a claim on your homeowner’s policy, there are a few important points to consider.
Did you or a relative slip and fall while on a sidewalk?
It may not seem like a big deal, but in most cities, sidewalks are owned by the city and not the homeowner. Many cities have their own local laws and ordinances that claim ownership of property adjacent to public roads. Quite often, this includes sidewalks. So if you or a relative slips and falls due to snow and ice on a sidewalk, identifying who is responsible may require the help of a personal injury attorney.
Did you fall in a parking lot?
This can also apply to walkways and parking lots for apartment complexes and condos. More often than not, it’s the responsibility of the building owners to take efforts to clear snow and ice and provide safe conditions for tenants and guests. That responsibility may have been delegated to a third party like a snow and ice removal company. Again, identifying who let the responsibility ball drop may require the help of a personal injury attorney.
These are just two common examples of the many slip and fall cases that happen every winter. There is a long list of places and scenarios where your fall injuries would be covered under someone else’s policy. If you'd like to avoid making an unnecessary claim to your homeowner’s policy, talking with a Personal Injury Attorney would be a good decision.
If you’ve been hurt from slipping or falling on ice, we can help!