Wisconsin winters bring with them an increase in the number of slip and fall accidents experienced in the state. While slipping and falling on snow or ice seems like simple bad luck or carelessness, there might be more to the situation and you may be entitled to file a claim for the accident.
Wisconsin law puts the responsibility for snow and ice removal squarely on the shoulders of property owners. Property owners are expected to clear walkways, sidewalks, driveways, and paths within a reasonable amount of time after wintery weather. However, what is “reasonable” varies from person to person and from town to town. The timing of the accident in relation to the timing of the weather event can also play a role in a victim’s ability to win a claim. A property owner’s liability for a slip and fall accident is less likely if the accident happens within 24 to 48 hours after a snow fall.
Slip and fall accidents can happen for a variety of reasons that have nothing to do with the weather. They can happen indoors or outdoors due to poorly maintained spaces, wet floors, damaged sidewalks, and bad lighting among other things. Determining liability in these cases comes down to two key questions:
Answers of “Yes” to both of these questions open the door to a slip and fall liability case.
One thing to be aware of is the Statute of Limitations laws. In Wisconsin, personal injury slip and fall claims must be filed within 3 years of the incident occurring. If the accident occurred on government property, your time is even shorter. You must file an intent to sue within 120 days of the event occurrence.
Slip and fall accidents are rarely straightforward since there is plenty of room for subjectivity. Situations can become complicated when:
It is always best to hire an accident attorney to help you in a slip and fall situation. Your attorney can negotiate with the insurer for you, will collect, examine and present evidence to support your claim, calculate damages for you, and represent you in court if it comes to that.
Contact the team at Eisenberg Law Offices to learn more about your chances of recovering damages in a slip and fall accident. Our accident attorneys offer free, confidential case consultations and you are under no obligation to work with us. Arrange your free consultation by calling 608-256-8356 or emailing email@example.com.
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