At this particular time of year, the weather experienced here in Quincy can bring with it certain safety hazards. Home and property owners are required to be cognizant of the threats that the aftereffects of rain and snow can produce on their premises. However, in many cases, if one does not expect to do much walking around his or her property or to receive visitors, the temptation may be there to simply ignore cleaning up after a storm or prolonged period of bad weather. However, the need to keep sidewalks, steps, and walkways clear is as much to accommodate unexpected visitors as anything.
A New York homeowner is currently having to learn this lesson after being sued by his mailman. The letter carrier slipped and fell on wet moss that was covering a wooden walkway right outside of the house. The fall resulted in severe injuries to both his leg and foot, which required multiple surgeries and would not allow him to return to his work with the Postal Service. A settlement was recently agreed upon by the man and the homeowners’ insurer.
One may automatically think that such an injury is simply a byproduct of one’s work, and that engaging in such employment carries with it an inherent assumption of risk. However, property owners are under the obligation to ensure that their premises are free of any potential hazards that could cause injuries to any visitors, even unanticipated ones.
Those who have suffered because of another’s failure to maintain safe property conditions may require compensation to help adequately deal with the results of their accidents. One may have a better chance of earning such compensation if he or she has a capable attorney in his or her corner.
Source: SILive.com “$300,000 settlement for letter carrier in South Shore slip and fall” Donnelly, Frank, Jan. 05, 2016