Seven Premises Liability Risks to Be Wary of This Winter By Levine & Slavit PLLC on October 31, 2023

Winter is one of the most dangerous seasons when it comes to premises liability accidents, particularly slip and fall accidents. This is due to hazardous conditions that can dramatically increase the risk of accidental harm, especially when property owners fail to take appropriate care to prevent an injury. Here are seven personal liability risks you should be aware of going into this coming winter:


  1. Icy sidewalks

    • One of the most common hazards seen during the winter are sidewalks covered in snow and ice. In New York City, property owners are responsible for keeping sidewalks clear of snow, and to ensure it is sanded to minimize the risk of premises liability accidents like slipping and falling.

  2. Wet floors

    • All of the snow and ice from winter weather does not stay outside, unfortunately, and when it gets tracked inside, it can make floors dangerously slippery. When property owners fail to mop up their wet floors, it significantly increases the risk of a premises liability accident.

  3. Lack of warning signs

    • Whenever there is a slipping or tripping hazard on a property, such as a wet floor, property owners are supposed to put down signage to warn people of the hazard. If they do not post appropriate warning signs, they can put people at risk of a premises liability accident.

  4. Damaged or loose flooring

    • Winter can tend to be especially harsh for floorboards, carpeting, and other types of flooring, and they can get easily damaged from regular foot traffic. This can cause them to become loose or unstable, potentially increasing the risk of slipping and falling.

  5. Poor lighting

    • As winter approaches, the days get shorter and night comes much more quickly. As a result, there is an increased risk of injury from a lack of appropriate lighting, especially in places like parking lots or garages.

  6. Lack of security

    • Injuries caused as a result of preventable crimes are also a type of premises liability accident, which is why having adequate security to prevent crime is so important. Security cameras, guards, window bars, alarm systems, and other measures can be critical for avoiding these types of accidents.

  7. Loose handrails

    • When it is cold and icy outside, handrails can be essential to avoid slipping and falling. When handrails are loose, damaged, or otherwise unable to support a person’s weight, they increase the risk of a potential accident.


If you or someone you love has been injured due to someone else’s negligence, seeking the advice from an attorney experienced in personal injury law will help assure you get the compensation you deserve. The lawyers at Levine and Slavit, PLLC assist clients in New York City and Long Island in obtaining the damages they need to cope with being the victim of negligence. For more information or to schedule a consultation with our New York personal injury lawyers, call (888) LAW-8088 or fill out our contact form. 

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