Slip and Fall Liability – Protect Your Business this Winter
Business owners know how important it is to make sure their property is well-maintained to keep clients and customers safe from injury. A property owner or manager is responsible for clearing away any hazards, like snow and ice, to reduce the risk of a slip and fall liability claim on their property. At the same time, members of the public also have a duty to exercise caution when walking in an area they know is potentially hazardous. However, as a business owner, you know the legal implications if someone falls on your property. With winter quickly approaching, it’s time to assess your need for a solid snow removal.
In many slip and fall liability cases, rules about snow and ice removal vary by state, so it’s best to consult a lawyer to know how the rules apply to you and your business. It is nearly a universal fact, though, that property owners must exercise reasonable care when it comes to keeping areas free of snow and ice to reduce the chance of someone getting injured.
Slip and falls are the most likely to occur in a parking lot. That is because icy conditions on the walking surface are not always obvious to visual detection for a pedestrian. Ice is difficult to see, especially black ice, and could even be concealed by snow. Pedestrians are usually watching for vehicles, and are not typically paying attention to the walking surface for patches of untreated ice. The average injury claim for a pedestrian slip and fall injury on ice in a parking lot is $18,000 to $30,000; and workers’ compensation claims are higher at $25,000 to $45,000 per claim. (SIMA)
This winter, make snow and ice removal a priority for your business. At Sauers, we can help make sure that your business is back up and running as soon as possible after a storm hits. A properly documented snow response plan will be a welcome addition your operational processes that will further protect your business. And you can trust that Sauers will clear your driveways, parking lots, and walkways to ensure that your legal obligations are fulfilled; and your clients and customers have a safe experience on your property. For added protection, consider putting up signs and notices to warn and inform your customers, patients, residents, and staff of slippery winter conditions.
Contact us to tell us more about your snow removal needs, and learn how we can help take the burden off of you this winter.