Can I sue if I live in an apartment complex and have slipped twice on ice in the parking lot due to their failure to properly salt/de-ice?

One time I twisted my back and needed medical care and was in a lot of pain. This time I hurt my wrist and ankle. Do I have a legal case against them? A couple of years ago my old roommate slipped as well and ended up in the ER.

Asked on February 18, 2015 under Personal Injury, North Carolina


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

The issue is whether under the  circumstances their failure to salt or de-ice was reasonable or not. If the snow/sleet/etc. was still falling, for example, or had only just stopped falling, it would not be unreasonable to have not de-iced yet. Or if you fell in an area where people are not expected to walk, it would not be unreasonable to have not de-iced. On the other hand, if you slipped in a spot where people are expected to walk and there was enough time to have de-iced the area, then in that case, they may be liable to you.

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