Fluctuating temperatures can create a condition that sets the stage for an accident. For example, even after a homeowner has shoveled the sidewalk in front of that particular residence, the temperatures could drop. That could result in formation of a thin sheet of ice. Someone could slip and fall on that ice.
Would the homeowner be liable for any injuries? If he or she had done everything possible to prevent an accident, then the victim could not win a personal injury case. Still, there might be certain circumstances that could make it more likely that a judge would declare that same homeowner liable.
Had any of the homeowner’s past efforts been directed at seeking to control a portion of the sidewalk?
If the injury lawyer in Edmonton for the victim could produce evidence of such efforts, then that would strengthen the victim’s case. A sidewalk’s presence should be enjoyed by the public. A homeowner cannot be charged a fine for seeking to control such a walkway. Still, that controlling individual could get hit with a charge of liability, if someone were to slip and fall on that same public walkway.
Had the homeowner’s negligence caused water to pool and freeze on adjacent walkways?
Some homeowners do not take the time to take care of all the items on their property. For example, some of them let the downspout get clogged with leaves and other debris. After it gets clogged, it might overflow onto any walkways that approach the public sidewalk. Then if the temperatures were to drop, that overflowing water would freeze. If any overflow got on a public thoroughfare, then the presence of that same overflow would reflect the homeowner’s negligence. Sidewalks are public thoroughfares. If someone were to slip and fall on just such a spot, that accident victim might be able to sue the negligent homeowner.
Had any homeowners in the area created a dangerous condition on that icy spot of cement?
Had any of them started some type of lawn care or construction project on their property? Had any of them then failed to put a fence around that same project? That would be equivalent to placing a hazard in a public walkway. Sidewalks should have a warning sign if members of the public are going to be approaching a dangerous object.
If the government works on such an area, it must furnish that sign. If a private citizen starts working close to a sidewalk’s presence on a private property, then the property owner must furnish the sign. If ice forms where a sign should be, but no sign is there, then that can strengthen the case of the person that got injured in such a fall. In other words, most homeowners do not get held responsible for the weather or temperature. Still, that assumes that such homeowners will be willing to share their portion of a public sidewalk with others and will also keep their property in good shape. A homeowner’s refusal to meet such standards could cause him or her to be held liable for a slip and fall injury.