Those who live in Minnesota are experienced with the unpleasant conditions that accompany the long, cold winters. While most property owners and tenants are well-versed in the chore of removing snow and ice from their sidewalks and driveways, icy formations overhead may not merit as much of their attention. However, as one local family recently discovered, melting and refreezing icicles can create extremely hazardous conditions.
According to the report, the family had been enjoying a birthday celebration that was held in downtown Minneapolis. After the festivities, they returned to their vehicle that was parked near one of the city's covered skyways. As the parents were securing the younger children in their car seats, their 10-year-old boy was standing by the car. Without warning, the child was struck in the head by a large icicle that had fallen from the skyway.
The child suffered a serious head injury and was transported to the local hospital by emergency responders. He required several sutures and staples to close the gaping wound. Maintenance workers from the nearby City Center building responded and placed yellow tape and warning signs near the overhead structures. The child's parents are requesting that the city work to remove dangerous ice formations and warn visitors of the potential dangers.
The boy expressed his gratitude that he was not more seriously hurt by the potentially lethal ice. Falling ice and other hazardous conditions can result in permanent or even fatal injuries. Visitors to Minneapolis who suffer injuries due to the negligence of property owners often sustain significant monetary damages as well. An attorney who handles premises liability claims can provide guidance as to whether such a claim would be merited in a particular situation.