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Icy sidewalks can prove to be dangerous in the winter

Premises liability can be a tricky subject matter, but the basic concept is that property owners have a duty to ensure that their properties are safe for visitors. With the weather beginning to cool off and wintry weather conditions on their way here in Rhode Island, icy sidewalks and pathways should be properly maintained by property owners. If they are not, it could lead to tenant injuries, for which the property owners may be held liable.

A woman claims that she fell and suffered serious injuries after falling on an ice sidewalk at her apartment complex. She says that she slipped and fell on the icy sidewalk on Dec. 12, 2013. Allegedly, she was walking on the designated walkway to her car from her apartment when the accident happened. According to the claim, there is a drain spout in the vicinity that sends water across the sidewalk, which created a very dangerous condition that led to the incident.

The woman asserts that the defendants were negligent and reckless when they allowed ice to build up over a common pathway on the premises. Apparently, the ice had not been salted or treated in any way. The claim also states that there was no appropriate warning signage to inform residents of the potentially dangerous area.

Rhode Island residents who have been injured as a result of their landlord's apparent negligence do not have to sit back and suffer in silence. It is possible to speak to legal counsel to determine whether proper grounds for a civil claim exist. If it is determined that there is merit for a lawsuit regarding icy sidewalks or another dangerous premises liability situation, it may be possible to achieve financial relief for any medical expenses and other losses associated with the incident.

Source:, "Berks County woman alleges negligence for injuries sustained in slip and fall on ice-covered pathway", Sharon Spungen, Nov. 17, 2015

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