Home Insurance January 10, 2013

Black Ice: Are You Responsible for Falls on Your Property?

Black Ice: Are You Responsible for Falls on Your Property?

By Harris Effron

Black ice is a scary sounding term and for good reason: It leads to car accidents, injuries and a fear of walking outside in the winter. But are you responsible to clear this invisible menace if it’s on your property? If someone gets injured slipping in front of your house or on your property, the short answer is: You are responsible.

Corie Russell, who slipped on black ice while visiting her mother several years ago, described her experience to AOL Real Estate: “I was walking down the front porch steps, and little did I know, they were covered by an invisible layer of ultra-slippery ice,” Russell explained. “I flew through the air like some sort of movie scene and landed on the bottom step.” She ended up in the ER with pain so severe that she went into shock. She was immobile for a few days and had to spend Christmas on a couch and miss work. But nothing was permanently damaged, and Russell made a full recovery.

“I was young and recovered without a severe injury, but for a child or elderly person, an ice injury could cause serious complications,” she said.

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