Top 10 Slip & Fall Tips in Snowy & Icy Conditions

Winter is almost here but the temperatures are already
dipping well below freezing. Snow and ice are always a possibility once the
cold weather has arrived. A slip on snow or ice can mean serious injuries including
fractures, dislocations and bruising to the wrists, shoulders, and ankles.
There is the potential for medical care costs and/or lost wages due to time off
of work. If you have slipped on ice or snow on someone else’s property you may
be wondering if you can sue for damages. Slip and fall personal injury laws
vary from state to state but if you have experienced a legitimate slip and fall
injury do not hesitate to pursue an injury case against the property owners.

A slip and fall injury case falls under premises
liability. Premises liability is an area
of negligent torts that holds a public or private property owner responsible
for acts or omissions in care of their property that lead to an injury. A slip
and fall accident that happens on private property is typically a more
complicated case.

An owner of a store, for example, owes a duty of care to his
customers that he will use all reasonable care to protect his customers from
injury on the store premises. Common hazards that can lead to valid slip and
fall accidents include:

?? A wet floor without proper warning signage

?? Products stacked high on a shelf that fall on
the customer

?? Broken doors or shelving

?? Boxes stacked in the middle of a shopping aisle

?? Icy or snowy parking lots*

*In Washington, store owners are not legally required to
remove snow and ice that are naturally accumulated but if they choose to remove
it, it cannot be done in a negligent manner.

Top 10 Slip &
Fall Safety Tips in Snowy & Icy Conditions

A slip
and fall on snow or ice can cause a serious injury
, especially if you fall
on concrete. Winter months can see a ten-fold increase in emergency room visits
due to outdoor slip and fall accidents in icy conditions. Be aware that black
ice is hard to see so a surface can look clear when it isn’t and that many
slips and falls happen on front steps to your house or while walking a path to
your car. If you can, just stay home but if you are forced to go outside follow
these 10 safety tips:

1. Walk with slow, deliberate, short steps with
your knees slightly bent; do not jog in the ice!

2. Wear shoes with rubber soles or add shoe ice
grippers around your shoes.

3. Wear bright clothing and reflective clothing if
it is dark.

4. Bring a flashlight to light the path if it is
dark.

5. Do not wear anything on your face that could
restrict your vision.

6. Walk with your hands out of your pockets and
wear gloves so you will be more likely to break your fall if you do slip.

7. Watch for overhead dangers such as hanging
icicles.

8. If provided, use a handrail when descending or
ascending steps.

9. Walk on a footpath or if there isn’t a footpath
then walk on the right side of the road toward oncoming traffic.

10. Consider using a walking stick or ski pole.

If you or a loved one were injured in an accident, you have
enough to deal with. Let an experienced accident
attorney
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A slip on snow or ice can mean serious injuries including
fractures, dislocations and bruising to the wrists, shoulders, and ankles.
There is the potential for medical care costs and/or lost wages due to time off
of work. If you have slipped on ice or snow on someone else’s property you may
be wondering if you can sue for damages. Slip and fall personal injury laws
vary from state to state but if you have experienced a legitimate slip and fall
injury do not hesitate to pursue an injury case against the property owners.

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