Handling Winter Hazards To Avoid Slip and Fall Accidents

944004_1920_M_Wet floors_Slip_Fall_causion sign.jpg

If The Farmer’s Almanac can be believed, we are in for a tough winter this year in New Jersey. The venerable publication is calling for weather like we saw last March – colder than normal with widespread snow showers and blustery winds.

Winter weather in our state brings snow and ice, creating dangerous driving and walking conditions. Icy sidewalks, outdoor stairs, and street crossings are hazards that can cause serious injury from slip and fall accidents.

Use Caution When Walking on Slippery Surfaces

On average, 25,000 people suffer injuries every day from slip, trip, and fall accidents. But none of us can afford to hibernate all winter, so follow these safety precautions when venturing out in winter weather:

  • Treat yourself and invest in good footwear such as insulated boots with good rubber treads.

  • Try ice clamps or cleats that attach directly to your boots for greater traction on icy surfaces.

  • Look for black ice, especially after some melting has occurred.

  • Watch for slippery floors where snow may have been tracked in.

  • When walking on slippery surfaces, take shorter and slower steps.

  • Outdoor staircases can ice up before other surfaces, so always use the handrail.

  • When roads and sidewalks are icy, walk on adjacent grassy areas.

Falls Can Cause Severe Injuries

The internet is full of “comical” videos of people slipping and falling on icy conditions, but it’s no joke. Winter slip and falls can cause severe and life-threatening injuries. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) or serious fracture can permanently affect your life.

If snow and ice or indoor spills were not properly removed, your fall may have been caused by negligence. Property owners and managers have a duty to ensure that their premises are safe for members of the public. This includes clearing thoroughfares and posting warning signs of unsafe conditions.

Please contact us for an evaluation of your slip and fall case to determine who is at fault.

Let Us Know If You Have Been Injured in a Slip and Fall Accident

If you or a family member has experienced bullyingsexual assaultsexual harassment of any kind, or has been injured in an accident or by any other type of personal injury, or needs help with any employment discrimination or family law issue, please contact the Law Offices of Paul S. Foreman, P.C. immediately. We have the right experience to get the optimal results for your case. Please call us for a free consultationAttorney Paul S. Foreman, personal injury attorney in Essex County, will fight to secure justice for you and your family. You can reach us at 973-315-3232 or contact us via the website.