Slips and Falls During the Cold and Wet Winter

Posted on: January 16th, 2013 by Bain & Rodzik

Slip and fall injuries are especially common during the winter months due to snow, ice, and other potentially dangerous conditions. To protect yourself and others against these types of accidents, here are a few things to understand about slip and fall injuries.

What is a Slip and Fall Injury?

A slip and fall injury is a serious personal injury based on the claim that the owner of the property, on which the injury occurred, did not take special precautions to ensure the safety of those utilizing the area. In legal terms, the property owner was negligent and did not protect against a potentially dangerous condition that could lead to an injury.

Some common causes of slip and fall injuries are:

  • Slippery sidewalks
  • Icy stairways
  • Blocked pathways
  • Cracked or uneven walkways
  • Wet surfaces

How To Avoid a Slip and Fall Injury this Winter

Property owners can avoid a slip and fall injury case by taking special steps to ensure that their property is safe for visitors.Wilmington’s frequent rain can freeze when the temperature drops overnight. Clear any ice away from walkways and driveways. Precautionary measures such as using salt or sand on heavily traveled areas to melt ice are a good idea to protect against potential hazards on an especially cold night. It is also a good idea to post signs in areas where the ground may be slippery or wet. Any steps that can be taken to eliminate potentially dangerous areas will help prevent slip and fall injuries.

Pedestrians can avoid being a victim of a slip and fall injury by taking extra precautions when traveling outdoors this season. When you know there is the chance of wet and icy weather, wear slip resistant footwear to help create traction. Use handles and railings to help stabilize while walking on potentially slippery surfaces. The most important thing you can do is to be aware of these potential hazards. Also, take extra time and caution when going from place to place in winter conditions.

What To Do After an Injury

If you slip and fall during this winter season, contact an attorney to determine if your accident could justify compensation from the property owner. Contact Bain and Rodzik for a personal injury attorney in Shallotte NC and surrounding areas for a free consultation to discuss the facts of your case. For more information about slip and fall accidents, call us today at 910-762-1199. To learn about our team and our practice, visit our website at www.bainandrodzik.com.

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