According to the National Safety Council, falls are considered the leading
cause of injury in the United States, accounting for approximately 8.9
million emergency room visits each year. During the winter,
slip and fall injuries are even more common because of the presence of ice and snow on floors,
stairs, sidewalks and parking lots, making surfaces slippery and increasing
the risk of falls.
Winter slip and fall accidents occur at home and on the premises of public
buildings. If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident caused
by snow or ice on someone else’s property, you may be eligible to file a
premises liability claim.
Winter Slip and Fall Accident Liability
Property owners and renters who are responsible for the maintenance of
the property have an obligation to maintain safe premises that is free
of hazards. Although property owners are not legally required to remove
ice and snow that is naturally deposited by weather conditions, if an
unnatural accumulation of ice and snow was caused by the condition of
the property, then the owner may be liable for any injuries.
When it comes to slip and fall accidents inside a business, the floor is
considered part of the premises. When a property owner fails to correct
the issue or post a warning to alert visitors, he or she may be held liable
for any injuries caused by the hazard.
Protect Yourself This Winter
The following are tips to reduce the risk of fall accidents this winter season:
- Wear proper footwear that is designed for comfort and high traction while
- When walking outside, walk with small and careful steps.
- Avoid running and walking briskly.
- Avoid sudden changes in your direction while walking.
- Shovel your sidewalk and ensure that it is clear at all times.
- Avoid all types of distractions while walking.
- Keep your hands out of your pockets, since you may need them to break a
fall if you slip.
If you have suffered an injury caused by a negligent party in New York,
request a free consultation with our
Kingston personal injury lawyers at
Mainetti, Mainetti & O’Connor today.