Slip and Falls During Winter Months

The National Safety Council (NSC) reports that there are nearly 9 million people who seek medical treatment in emergency departments around the country for injuries sustained in slip and fall accidents each year. As the winter months approach, those of us who live in Rhode Island and New England generally expect to get snow and ice and some severe weather.

Weather events that involve snow and ice have the potential to create slick roads, sidewalks and parking lots. A serious slip and fall accidents can leave a victim with serious injuries including broken bones and head injuries. Anyone hurt in a slip and fall accident should contact an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.

Where Do Slip And Falls Happen?

Slip and fall accidents can occur anywhere. When these accidents occur on commercial property, victims may be entitled to file a personal injury claim, seeking compensation for medical expenses and other losses. Common examples of where these serious accidents can occur include the following:

  • Parking lots;
  • Stairwells;
  • Sidewalks;
  • Entryways
  • Lobbies.

These and other areas have the potential to become treacherous during the winter months, and property owners have a duty to maintain walkways and sidewalks in reasonably safe condition for visitors. Not all slip and falls are caused by negligence, however, so victims should be sure to have an experienced premises liability attorney review their accident.

What Should Slip And Fall Accident Victims Do Immediately After An Accident Occurs?

People who are hurt in slip and fall accidents should be sure to take steps to protect their right to recover compensation. Some of the steps to take are listed below.

  • Seek medical attention – Anyone who slips and falls on someone else’s property should seek medical attention as soon as they can, even if they do not believe they are seriously injured. Seeing your doctor will ensure that your injuries are identified and treated and that an official record documenting your injuries is created.
  • Document the circumstances – It is extremely important for victims who are injured in slip and fall accidents to document the circumstances under which the accident occurred. If your accident happened on commercial property, make sure to notify the property owner or manager of your injury so that an official incident report is generated. In addition, victims should try and obtain contact information from anyone who may have witnessed an accident.
  • Photograph the area in which your accident occurred – People who are hurt in slip and fall accidents should take photographs of the hazardous condition that caused their accident. Photographs can help document and establish negligence on the part of the property owner, which is necessary to recover compensation.
  • Contact an attorney – It is important for slip and fall victims to contact an attorney as soon possible. People who are represented by legal counsel regularly recover significantly more compensation than those who choose to represent themselves. In addition, any delay in contacting a lawyer risks the loss of evidence, so it is advisable to call a lawyer immediately after an accident occurs.

We May Be Able to Help You Pursue a Slip and Fall Settlement

Individuals that have been hurt in slip and fall accidents are often entitled to significant compensation under Rhode Island law. To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our Rhode Island premises liability attorneys, contact Marasco & Nesselbush, LLP as soon as possible.