Slip and Fall Accidents in Icy Weather

winter city park in morning | Slip and Fall Accidents in Icy WeatherFall accidents can happen anywhere, at any time of year. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 800,000 people a year require hospitalization as the result of a fall injury. Slip and fall accidents in icy weather are common occurrences. Wet and icy conditions during the winter months in some parts of the country can make walking down an average sidewalk a perilous adventure. Weather conditions can change quickly, and it only takes a small patch of ice to cause someone to lose their footing.

Property owners, whether they own a public property or business, or a private residence, are responsible for maintaining their property by clearing snow and ice away promptly. What is considered a reasonable expectation of responsibility for the property owner will vary by geographic location within the country, and it is important for landowners and business managers to understand and fulfill the level of responsibility required of them by their state.

Members of the public have a certain level of expectation as well, in terms of exercising due care and awareness of their surroundings and the weather conditions.

When a slip and fall accident occurs, it is important to understand the responsibilities of both the property owner as well as the customer or tenant, and take the necessary steps to ensure that the injured person has proper documentation if legal action is required.

What Should You Do if You Experience a Slip and Fall Accident?

Being injured in an accident can be a stressful experience. You might feel overwhelmed with not only having to deal with the injury itself, but also by trying to figure out what you should do in order to protect yourself from medical expenses and financial loss. Should a personal injury claim become necessary as a result of your fall, following these steps could help ensure you have the information you need for your case.

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Consult a Medical Professional

As soon as possible after your accident, seek medical attention and have any potential injuries assessed, treated and documented.

Report The Accident

The property owner, landlord, or manager needs to be notified of the accident. If the fall occurred on a business, rental or government property, an accident report will need to be filled out. It is important for you to obtain a copy of this report for your records.

Photographic Documentation

The location of where the fall occurred should be photographed as soon as possible after the incident. Weather conditions will change, so documenting the exact conditions of the area at the time of the accident will be important information to have. Be sure to note the weather, time of day, and any other details that may have contributed to potentially unsafe walking conditions in the area. Photos proving that the area was unsalted or that snow had not been properly cleared away at the time of the accident are key, as property owners can quickly alter these conditions after the fact.

Obtain Witnesses

If anyone witnesses your slip and fall, be sure to collect their contact information so that you can reach them later.

Consult An Attorney

Insurance companies may approach you and offer you a quick settlement in order to avoid a claim against them. Before agreeing to anything, admitting any fault, or signing any paperwork, consult a personal injury lawyer about your case. It may be possible to receive compensation and recover some of the costs to you including:

  • Medical bills for initial treatment
  • Long term expenses for continuing medical care
  • Lost wages due to time off work
  • Financial compensation for pain and suffering

Contact Our Fort Collins Slip and Fall Attorneys

Fort Collins Personal Injury Lawyer Timms FowlerIf you or someone you love has been injured in a slip and fall accident on ice this winter, it is important to contact an experienced Fort Collins slip and fall attorney immediately. Call the Fowler Law Firm today at (970) 232-3322 to find out how we can use our legal experience to help you recover maximum compensation.

 

 

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The Fowler Law Firm, LLC

Timms Fowler
Tel: 970.232.3322
The Fowler Law Firm, LLC
155 East Boardwalk Drive, Suite 300
Fort Collins, CO 80525
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