The National Safety Council reports about 8.9 million emergency room visits per year are slip and fall-related. Walking conditions can sometimes worsen from winter to summer weather during the transition months. Sidewalks, walkways, and roads are slippery and wet, making them dangerous to walk on. Stores and other properties are also considered hazardous due to pedestrians tracking in water from outside, making other visitors vulnerable to slip and fall injuries.
During the springtime months, it's recommended to prevent slips and falls by taking extra precautions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – along with The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, both recommend:
- Taking shorter steps
- Walking slower on slick surfaces
- Wearing proper shoes
- Wiping off shoes on rugs or mats before entering a building
- Working slowly on outdoor chores or task
- Be aware of transitions like a sidewalk to step and use handrails when available.
Slip and fall accidents can result in a wide variety of injuries. They typically include:
- Back injuries
- Spine injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
Proving Your Slip and Fall Accident Was Weather-Related
When a slip and fall takes place in the springtime, it's usually on the sidewalks or entering the front door of commercial properties. When the property owner fails to adhere to their duty of exercising reasonable care, they may be faced with negligence. Each case is different. However, it can sometimes be hard to prove the property owner is responsible when dealing with these types of claims. This is why it's beneficial to consider working with an attorney. They are great resources and will help you fully understand your case details.
Still Have Questions?
If you've been injured in a spring weather-related slip and fall accident and have questions regarding your case, don't hesitate to contact us. Here at Wolf & Fuhrman, LLP, we have the knowledge required to be a powerful resource to your legal needs. We offer free initial consultations where you can sit down with a member of our team and discuss the details of your case. We want to help!
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