Winter weather brings slippery sidewalks and roads, but these are not the only risks associated with winter. Another danger is icicles. They are pretty to look at but deadly when they fall. They hang from homes and commercial buildings. They are formed when snow refreezes as it melts off rooftops. They can cause damage to the building and cause chunks of ice to crash to the sidewalks, entryways, and streets. They can cause severe injuries and even death.
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Icicles can also lead to property damage. Chunks of ice can crash down onto cars and other valuable materials on a property. The lack of warning to a passerby makes the falling ice even more dangerous. Icicles look intact and stable but can easily fall anytime without warning. In this podcast, Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers’ Daniel Michaelson talks about icicle liability. According to him, ìIcicles are nice to look at, but if one of these comes crashing down around your home or business, someone could get hurt. According to this Toronto bylaw, if the icicle is on your property, the responsibility to remove it is on you.î
Property owners should ensure their home or business is safe. That includes removing icicles or blocks of ice from the roof. If the property is not hazard-free, the city can issue a ticket to the property owner. However, issuing a ticket provides no remedy to an unsafe situation. Icicles do not only pose a danger to passersby but could also indicate a problem with one’s home. The formation of large icicles on the roof is a sign that the building is not insulated properly. Once the icicle melts, there could be a threat of water damage to the property.
Contacting Legal Experts for Icicle-Related Injuries and Damage
For somebody who has sustained injuries or property damage caused by icicles, know that the property owner can be accountable and liable. However, the burden of proof should be solidly established. This is why it is of utmost importance to contact a personal injury lawyer specializing in icicle-related cases. Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers has a team of experts in this and many other areas. Contact them now by phone at (647) 952-4359 or toll-free at (866) 541-8259 to schedule a free consultation.
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