Autumn Slip and Fall Safety
Cooler temperatures, early evenings, kids back to school, and upcoming holidays signal the autumn season is in full bloom. Unfortunately, wet leaves, slippery surfaces, holiday decorations, and early darkness can lead to slip and fall accidents that result in broken bones, lacerations, and head injuries.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 15 percent of all accidental deaths are the result of slips and falls. More 800,000 people are hospitalized each year for ice related falls. Temperatures can drop below freezing in late October and November in many parts of the country, leaving many people at risk for falls due to icy sidewalks, parking lots, steps, and roadways.
Preventing Autumn Slip and Fall Accidents
There are many things people can do to avoid slip and fall injuries in cooler weather.
- Rake and remove leaves as they fall to avoid condensation building up on their surface making them slippery.
- Clear leaves off steps and away from doorways and entrances to avoid slippery surfaces.
- Place rubberized mats and rugs in doorways and entrances to public places to keep moisture off floors that can become dangerous when wet.
- In the case of an early frost, apply salt or cat litter to steps and sidewalks to avoid falls.
- Secure wires to holiday decorations on lawns, sidewalks, or in parking lots, as these can be tripping hazards.
- Add extra lighting on pathways and in parking lots; and program timers to come on earlier as the days get shorter.
- Wear rubber-soled shoes that fasten tightly in wet conditions for secure footing on slippery surfaces.
- Reduce driving speeds and obey local speed laws in wet weather or icy conditions.
- Make sure children’s clothing does not obstruct vision or drape over their shoes.
- Avoid Halloween costumes with masks or large props that can lead to falls.
Liability for Slip and Fall Accidents
Despite precautions, slip and fall accidents will happen. Injured victims can hold negligent homeowners and property owners liable for injuries sustained in a slip and fall accident. If an injury occurs due to the property or homeowner’s failure to properly maintain and repair their property, they can be held liable in a personal injury or premises liability lawsuit.
If a slip and fall accident occurs, do not delay in seeking medical attention. If possible, take pictures of the accident scene and the surrounding area. If there are witnesses to the accident, ask for their name and contact information. Report any slip and fall accidents to the retail or public property manager, or to the homeowner where the accident occurred.
Seeking the counsel of a reliable and experienced slip and fall lawyer is vital to a successful claim. Your lawyer can ensure that you have the vital evidence you need to recover the maximum amount of compensation available.
Cherry Hill Slip and Fall Lawyers at Williams Cedar Help Injured Victims Claim Compensation
If you or someone you love has been injured in a slip and fall accident,
call the Cherry Hill slip and fall lawyers at Williams Cedar at 215-557-0099 to schedule a free consultation today. You can also contact us online. Our Philadelphia and Haddonfield, New Jersey offices serve clients throughout both states and across the country.