One of the most common situations in which a person slips and falls is the parking lot or sidewalk or business entrance that was not properly plowed or salted following a snowstorm.
The most important concept to remember when trying to prevail on those cases is the facts matter. Each case can be very different and result in different outcomes.
First, the courts recognize a duty under Indiana law for businesses to remove ice and snow from their premises — they just can’t ignore it and wait for warmer weather (Hammond v. Allegretti, 311 N.E.2d 821, 826, Indiana Supreme Court, 1974). The duty stems from the landowner’s overall duty to exercise “reasonable care” when running a business with regard to the premises.