The winter season brings slippery roads, sidewalks, and driveways. If the proper precautions are not taken, these unfavourable conditions can lead to dangerous slips and falls that can result in personal injury. Read on for some preventive tips, as well as what to do if you’re involved in a slip and fall accident.
Preventing Slips, Trips, and Falls
While there’s no way to completely eliminate the risk of slips and falls, there are many precautions you can take to limit your chances of experiencing a slip and fall related injury. Keep the following tips in mind next time you’re venturing outside during the winter season:
1) Take it slow.
Walking slowly and carefully is essential, especially when snow can make it difficult to spot slippery patches of ice or slush. Take small and careful steps on fresh snow, as there may be hidden ice underneath.
2) Wear appropriate footwear.
Winter means dressing appropriately for the weather - especially when it comes to your footwear choices! Shoes with a non-slip sole, wide heel, and deep tread will help to increase traction and reduce the likelihood of slipping. Try to avoid shoes that don’t have any tread, or have plastic or leather soles, as they may cause you to lose your balance on slippery surfaces.
3) Exit your car carefully.
Getting in or out of your car can be a common place for injuries to take place. Make sure to look at the ground to see if there is ice or slush before you step out. Use the door and/or handle for support if necessary to make sure that you have found steady footing as you exit your vehicle.
4) Stay focused.
It’s important to be aware of your surroundings when walking during wintertime. Avoid distractions such as using your phone, and take extra care to notice patches of ice, slush, or other potentially dangerous obstacles you may encounter.
What To Do if You’re Involved in a Slip and Fall Accident
Despite your best efforts to avoid a slip and fall injury, the reality is that they can still happen to anyone. If you or a loved one have been involved in a slip and fall accident, you may be entitled to compensation. A personal injury lawyer can help you navigate the complex processes of a slip and fall claim. It is important that you have a personal injury lawyer acting on your behalf who has experience with slip and fall claims and who can help you negotiate a fair settlement.
The law relating to winter slip and fall claims has recently changed and it is now more important than ever that you contact an experienced lawyer as soon as possible if you are injured in a fall. You may be forever barred from bringing a claim if you do not provide proper notice of your claim soon enough.
At Beckett, we’re ready to listen to your personal situation, provide guidance and help determine what the next steps are for your case. Our team can help if you or your loved ones have questions about their legal rights and the next steps in pursuing a case. When you’re ready to connect with an experienced lawyer at Beckett, contact our team for a free case evaluation.
Published on February 9, 2022