Avoiding Slip-And-Falls In Winter Weather

January 12, 2015 | By O'Connor Acciani & Levy
Avoiding Slip-And-Falls In Winter Weather

Winter weather often leads to dangerous driving conditions, and for some of us it also leads to dangerous pedestrian and workplace situations. Cincinnati slip and fall accidents can lead to serious injuries, high medical bills and time away from work. If you or someone you love has been injured this winter due to the negligence of a property owner, contact the personal injury lawyers at O'Connor, Acciani & Levy. Our attorneys can review your claim and help you determine what your legal options are. According to a Michigan-based insurance company, winter-related slip and fall claims represent about 29 percent of all workers compensation claims in the Midwest. The number of slip and falls that go unreported each winter are likely in the thousands. For those who are not used to iced-over sidewalks, snow covered trails and black ice, slipping and falling during the winter months is likely. Below are some suggestions that could greatly reduce your chances at slipping and falling in winter weather.

  • Walk slowly and watch for ice on the path ahead
  • Wear appropriate footwear such as shoes with good tread, in some cases you may even want to purchase shoes to use only for walking outdoors during winter
  • Use handrails wherever provided
  • Watch for entrances with slush or puddles from snow tracked in
  • Be cautious when stepping out of vehicles
  • Clean your shoes when you go indoors
  • Avoid carrying too many things, keeping your hands empty can help you stabilize yourself if you slip
  • If you have to walk across an icy sidewalk or parking lot, ask someone for help this is especially important for an elderly person
Having a cellphone on hand can help you ensure that if you do fall, you're able to call someone for help right away. Although the law does not require a property owner to remove ice or snow that accumulates outside their building as a result of weather, if the condition of the property causes an unnatural accumulation of ice or snow, the property owner may be held liable for slip and fall accidents. Some other common causes of slip and fall accidents during winter weather include poor outdoor lighting, deficient parking lots and puddles left by tracked in snow.