As icy conditions remain prevalent in New Jersey, make sure that your property is free from hazards that could contribute to a slip-and-fall accident.
Recently, WPVI-TV reported that some sidewalks remain icy in current winter conditions, as many have not been sanded, salted or plowed. In fact, recently, an official with Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton said the facility was very busy handling injuries related to the icy weather.
“We’re getting everything from sprained knees to fractured ankles to fractured arms to mild concussions to stitches,” said ER Nurse Manager Phyllis O’Neill. This goes hand-in-hand with data we reported last year revealing that winter-related slip-and-fall claims doubled in 2013-14 over the previous year, and that accidents continue to mount in 2015.
Remember, slip-and-falls can result in serious personal injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), slip-and-fall accidents are a leading contributor to spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries in America.
Avoiding a Slip-and-Fall Accident
You can potentially avoid a slip-and-fall accident by implementing safety measures on your property. This includes salting or sanding icy areas and walkways. Remember, people who are involved in slip-and-fall accidents on your property could potentially hold you liable. This includes guests and employees, like postal workers or deliverymen.
If you cannot remove ice from a walking path on your property, you should put up signs or warnings emphasizing that ice may be present. Additionally, there are private services in the area where you can pay a fee for someone to come out and remove ice and snow hazards from your property.
Holding Someone Liable for a Slip-and-Fall Accident
Sadly, the average slip-and-fall injury can result in up to $18,000 in hospital costs, according to the CDC. If you have been injured in a slip-and-fall accident, you may be able to pursue compensation for pain, suffering, hospital expenses and rehabilitation costs. To do this, it may be in your best interest to speak to an attorney following an accident.
Remember, our firm offers free consultations. Do your best this winter to make sure your property is free of potential slip-and-fall hazards.
Donald G. Targan & Associates – Atlantic City Injury Attorneys
Targan Talk: According to the CDC, in 2011, about 22,900 Americans older than 65 died from unintentional fall injuries.