Snow and ice can create hazardous conditions that can cause severe accidents. Parking lots, sidewalks, grocery stores, retail establishments and other public passageways and places around your neighborhood can become difficult to navigate on foot due to dangerous accumulations of snow and ice. Property owners now have a greater legal duty owed to all visitors on their property. Property owners must ensure that reasonable care is taken to prevent injuries. If reasonable care is not taken, the property owner can be liable for injuries sustained in both natural and unnatural snow accumulations. If a third party moved the snow, and the property owner should have been aware of that, the property owner can also be liable for injuries if the moving of the snow resulted in more dangerous conditions.
According to MadisonRecord.com, Jeffrey Pfeifer was visiting Panera Bread in Alton, Wisconsin when he exited his vehicle and slipped on a sheet of ice on the sidewalk in front of the establishment. Pfeifer alleges he suffered from serious personal injuries and has been unable to live in the manner in which he was accustomed prior to the fall. He also alleges that he has lost income due to his diminished ability to work.
In his lawsuit against Panera Bread Company, Pfeifer alleges that the defendant is to blame because they “negligently failed to maintain their premises in a safe condition, allowed ice to accumulate on the sidewalk, failed to remove ice from their sidewalk, failed to provide a safe entrance and exit, and failed to give adequate warning.” Panera Bread Company denies all liability and argues that Pfeifer’s injuries were a result of natural accumulation. Pfeifer is seeking more than $200,000 in damages and is represented by Andrew W. Callahan and Luke Pfeifer of Flint & Associates.
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