Slip and Fall Accidents on Snow and Ice
Slip and fall accidents are more likely to happen on ice and snow-covered roads and walkways. Serious falls can be debilitating, causing broken bones, head injuries, and other physical problems. More than 800,000 people in the United States are hospitalized every year due to injuries from a slip and fall. One in every five falls result in severe physical injuries, with hip fractures and head injuries being the most common. Moreover, falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries in this country. Fixing or preventing hazardous conditions, including snow and ice, is the best way to prevent slip and fall accidents.
Snow and Ice Duty of Care
During cold weather seasons, if property owners welcome the public into their establishments, they have an obligation to sufficiently maintain their premises by removing snow and ice in and around their property. Owners have a duty of care to expect and prepare for hazardous conditions and to act accordingly. At the same time, members of the public are expected to understand the added risk of walking on ice and snow-covered roads and sidewalks, and should navigate those areas with caution.
Different parts of the country tend to experience more snow than others. In those states, the natural accumulation rule applies. This means that property owners in certain states are absolved of liability related to the natural accumulation of ice and snow, if no unusual danger exists. It is difficult for victims to prove property owner liability in states that apply the natural accumulation rule. However, work, school, and our regular daily activities continue during inclement weather. Property owners are expected to do everything possible to make sure that their buildings, sidewalks, and parking lots are safe for the public. If they knew of the hazard and neglected to fix it and you or a loved one is injured as a result, you may have a valid claim premises liability claim.
Potential Recovery in Snow and Ice Claims
Injured victims have potential sources of recovery regarding ice and snow slip and fall cases. Plaintiffs citing property owners or contractors who fail to adequately clear snow and ice may recover the cost of their medical bills. An injured person that needs to miss work for doctor appointments or those who are left unable to work may be able to recover compensation for lost wages. In certain cases, damages for pain and suffering or loss of activities are awarded. Because laws differ between jurisdictions, it is important that slip and fall accident victims work under the guidance of a knowledgeable slip and fall lawyer.
Piscataway Slip and Fall Lawyers at the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr Hold Negligent Property Owners Accountable
Piscataway slip and fall lawyers at the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr fight for the damages you deserve for your injury. To discuss the best legal course of action after a slip and fall accident, call 877-249-4600 or submit an online inquiry to schedule a free consultation today. Harold J. Gerr and his skilled legal team represent clients throughout the state of New Jersey, including in Somerset, New Brunswick, Edison, South River, Sayreville, Metuchen, East Brunswick, South Plainfield, Fords, Middlesex, Old Bridge, Iselin, Bound Brook, Perth Amboy, Piscataway, and Colonia.