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It’s that time of year once again! Soon all of us here in New Haven County can expect to see upticks in daily snow amounts. One of the dangers that come with increased snowfall and bitterly cold temperatures is the risk of slip and falls on icy sidewalks. There are some things that you should know to if you’ve you’re injured in such an incident this year here in Norwich or elsewhere in Connecticut.

First, you must know that it’s the responsibility of property owners to keep the sidewalks in front of their homes and businesses clear for pedestrians. If either party fails to do this, and someone gets hurt, then the injured party may sue the homeowner’s insurance company or file a claim against the business owner’s liability carrier.

Claims filed by injured individuals against property owners generally turn out well for the plaintiffs if they’re able to prove that the property owners were negligent in shoveling snow in a timely fashion or that they failed to put down salt to melt ice in highly trafficked areas.

While snow and ice are a big factor that causes injuries at this time of the year, potholes in parking lots, uneven pavement and poorly lit staircases are often responsible for slip-and-fall incidents at any other time of the year.

Proving property owner negligence in slip-and-fall cases is often quite straightforward. Injured parties must simply prove that landlords or homeowners should have known that their negligence could result in someone getting seriously hurt.

While many people who have slip and fall incidents are just shaken up or maybe suffer aches and bruising as a result, there are plenty of other individuals who end up with much more serious injuries as a result of their involvement in these types of accidents. A personal injury attorney can advise you what your rights are in your New Haven County case, especially if you’ve been left disabled as a result of your incident.