Winter is here and with it the risk of injury from slip and fall accidents on snow and ice. You have to exercise caution when outside, but you also have legal rights whereby negligence plays a factor in your injury. If you should ever slip and fall on snow and ice, this is what you need to know.
The owner of a property has an obligation to keep the premises safe in winter conditions. This means keeping sidewalks, parking lots, and driveways, as well as any other common areas, free and clear from snow and ice. Should you slip and fall on an unmaintained property, you are entitled to compensation and should contact a premises liability lawyer who can help you claim the compensation you may need to cover medical expenses for your injuries.
Slip and Fall Injuries
Injuries on snow and ice can range from minor broken bones to traumatic brain injuries depending on how one falls. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that one in five falls results in serious injury. A slip and fall injury involving the head or back could require surgery. The pain and recovery involved in other injuries could be lengthy and result in time away from your job. To make sure you receive the compensation you deserve there are some things you need to do in case you slip and fall on snow and ice.
Report Your Fall Immediately
You should always notify the property owner if you slip and fall on their premises. The burden of proof falls to you, and the insurance adjusters can simply claim you slipped somewhere else, or that it did not happen at all.
Document Your Case
Collect as much evidence as possible after a slip and fall accident on snow and ice. Take photos and videos or have someone else do this if your injury prevents you from doing so yourself. The photos should include icy and snowy areas and clear areas of the property as well to show the property’s conditions at the time of your fall. Ice and snow can melt leaving no evidence of negligence. Take witness statements of the accident making sure to note in writing your condition after the fall such as pain from your injury. If at all possible, a third party witness (independent from family and friends) is ideal as they cannot profit from any compensation you may receive.
Seek Medical Attention
A trip to the doctor is further documentation of the fact that you have had a slip and fall accident. The doctor will note in your records that your injury and further symptoms started when you slipped and fell in snowy or icy conditions, making it harder to deny your claim.
New Jersey Slip and Fall Lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP Are on Your Side
At Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP our experienced New Jersey slip and fall lawyers provide personalized service to get the results you need. Call today for a free consultation at 732-384-1331, or stop by our offices in Edison, Red Bank, and Toms River, New Jersey. You can also contact us online.