Understanding Connecticut Slip and Fall Laws
What You Need to Know About Slip and Fall Law in Connecticut
Slips and falls may not sound like a serious problem, but in a state like Connecticut, they can easily become extremely dangerous. Connecticut is known for having icy conditions during the winter months, and a slip down an ice-coated flight of cement stairs can have far-reaching consequences. Slip and fall injuries can sometimes lead to permanent damage to the brain and spinal cord, for instance. In rare cases, they’ve even resulted in death. Because of these very real risks, property owners in Connecticut are responsible for creating a safe environment for residents and visitors alike. If you have been injured by a slip or fall while on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to a settlement. Here’s what you need to know about slip and fall laws in Connecticut.
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4 Key Facts About Slip and Fall Laws in Connecticut
1. Slip and fall laws apply to many different kinds of premises in Connecticut.
It’s not just business owners or government agencies who need to ensure that there are no slip and fall hazards on their properties. In Connecticut, residential property owners and landlords also have a responsibility to keep their premises safe for visitors and residents. As such, if you slip on an icy patch on the walkway leading up to your apartment and injure yourself, you may be entitled to personal injury compensation from your landlord.
2. You should be aware that there are special “ongoing storm” laws that protect Connecticut property owners in certain conditions.
There are some reasonable limits to slip and fall laws in Connecticut owing to circumstances that are beyond the control of property owners. Property owners cannot control the weather, for example, so they cannot be realistically expected to prevent slippery conditions all of the time. If someone slips during an ongoing storm, the property owner may not owe that person compensation because they weren’t given a reasonable chance to prevent the hazards at hand.
What property owners are obligated to do by law, however, is provide adequate signage. If a particular walkway or set of steps frequently has slippery conditions, the property owner needs to erect a sign warning visitors of this hazard. They must also remove snow and ice accumulation as soon as the weather permits them to do so. (As an aside, be aware that property owners are obligated to clean up liquid spills immediately and erect a “wet floor” sign while waiting for cleanup to occur. They must also remove physical obstructions from areas of human activity.)
3. Slip and fall laws in Connecticut don’t necessarily apply to trespassers.
in order to be eligible for protection under Connecticut slip and fall law, you’ll need to have a right to be on the property when you fall. If, for example, someone is trespassing on a residential property or loitering in a business’s parking lot after hours and slips, he or she may not be entitled to compensation… But it will ultimately depend on the details of the case. If you’re not sure whether or not you have the right to file a personal injury claim after a fall, the best thing to do is contact a slip and fall lawyer in Connecticut right away. We can explain the state’s slip and fall laws to you in more detail and help you understand what kind of compensation you may be entitled to.
4. In the eyes of the law, property possession is more important than property ownership when determining liability in slip and fall cases.
As a claimant, it’s important to be aware that the person you need to make a claim against when injured on a Connecticut property is not always the property’s owner. (Though this is usually the case.) Under Connecticut slip and fall law, the person controlling or “possessing” the property is most responsible for preventing hazards. If, for example, you slip on a rental property that’s owned by a property firm but maintained or “controlled” by a property manager, the property manager will be at least partly responsible for paying damages. Generally, possession is determined by looking at who performs regular acts of maintenance and upkeep on the property, who instigates inspections on the property, and who allows tenants and visitors access to the property as a matter of course. As you can imagine, determining liability can be a bit complicated thanks to these stipulations. If you’re confused about how this issue might impact your case, contact us and we’ll be happy to explain it in further detail.
5. You will have to file your claim within two years of your accident.
The same statute of limitations that applies to most personal injury cases in Connecticut applies to slip and fall claims, too. You’ll have two years (starting on the date of your accident) to file a personal injury claim in court.
In summation, if you’ve been injured in a fall on someone else’s property while you were entitled to be on that property, you’re probably eligible for compensation. Compensation can help you pay off your medical expenses and rebound after taking time off of work due to injury. Don’t absorb expenses that were incurred through no fault of your own—let us help you get the settlement you deserve, contact Waterbury slip and fall lawyer Tim Moynahan today.
Timothy C. Moynahan is the CEO and owner of Moynahan Partners, which offers business development consultancy, identifying strategic business partnerships and funding sources. He founded and heads the Moynahan Law Firm, Waterbury, Connecticut, and is “of counsel” to the Jin Law Group at 200 Park Avenue in New York. He is a sought-after and successful trial lawyer, earning the Super Lawyer of New England and Connecticut awards from 2009 to 2012 and Best Criminal Defense Attorney accolade in 2013.