Do Slip-and-Fall Accidents Increase During the Winter?

Posted on December 31, 2014 at 12:00pm by

Planning to throw a New Year’s Eve party tonight? Make sure your property is free of potential slip-and-fall hazards. Photo of fall hazard

Due to factors like weather, the Detroit News reported recently that winter-related slip-and-fall claims doubled in 2013-14 over the previous year. Remember, people who are involved in slip-and-fall accidents on your property can hold you liable. This includes guests and employees, like postal workers or deliverymen.

Slip-and-fall accidents can result in horrific personal injuries—sadly, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), slip and falls are a leading contributor to spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries in America.

Remember, you can help prevent a slip-and-fall accident on your property by taking safety measures. This includes fixing and/or reporting to your municipalities the following hazards:

  • Potholes
  • Torn carpet
  • Slippery floors
  • Icy walkways
  • Cracked sidewalks
  • Broken handrails
  • Poor lighting
  • Stairs without handrails

Can You File a Lawsuit for Slip-and-Fall Accidents?

Unfortunately, the CDC estimates that a typical slip-and-fall injury can result in up to $18,000 in hospital costs. This is why it is important to hold a person or entity liable if its negligence contributed to your injuries. You may be able to pursue compensation for pain, suffering, hospital expenses and rehabilitation costs.

For more information, we offer free consultations. Have a safe and happy New Year.

Targan Pender & Strickland, P.C. – Atlantic City Accident Attorneys

Targan Talk: Half of all accidental deaths in homes are caused by slip-and-falls.

Source: http://www.detroitnews.com/story/opinion/columnists/neal-rubin/2014/12/15/avoiding-winter-falls/20466587/



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