Winter is here, and that means we all must be on guard for dangerous weather conditions and the risk of a slip and fall accident. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in five falls results in a serious injury such as a broken bone or head trauma. Often with falls, the extent of your injuries is not immediately apparent. You may brush off the discomfort or mask it with over the counter painkillers. But it is important to seek medical attention immediately, as injuries can become worse over time and you also want to preserve your legal rights in case your condition worsens.
What to Do After a Winter Slip and Fall in Delaware County
Immediately after your accident, report the fall to the appropriate people. Slip and falls are unlike car accidents, where it is clear that an accident occurred and there is significant property damage. If you do not document your slip and fall accident, insurers may contest that it never occurred. After an accident, notify the property owner immediately. If you fall on a commercial property, including a parking lot, make a slip and fall accident report with the business. Do not sign anything unless you have consulted with an attorney. If you fall on private property, call the police to ensure your claim is not dismissed as fraudulent.
After you have made a report, gather evidence. Winter weather conditions dissipate quickly. Photograph any ice or snow in the area of your fall. If there were any witnesses, take down their contact information and ask them to provide a statement immediately while the incident is still fresh in their minds. Ascertain whether any security cameras were in the vicinity of your fall and request copies of the footage. Often these cameras only keep recordings for a short period of time before they are automatically erased, so take action quickly.
Moreover, it is important to seek immediate medical attention. Not only will early treatment help reduce the severity of your injury, but it will also help you preserve your legal claims by documenting your injury, treatment, and expenses. Insurance adjusters will interpret gaps in your treatment as a sign that you were not seriously injured.
Common Slip and Fall Injuries
Slip and fall accidents can result in severe, life changing injuries, including:
- Broken bones
- Herniated discs
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Knee injuries
- Shoulder injuries, including rotator cuff injury
Liability for Winter Slip and Fall Injuries
Commercial and residential property owners have a legal duty to make sure that their properties are free of dangers that can cause slip and fall accidents, including timely removal of snow and ice. Although the person or company who owned the property where you fell will be at fault, claims are often paid out by their insurance company.
Delaware County Slip and Fall Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Secure Maximum Compensation for Injured Parties
Winter slip and fall accidents can be devastating. The experienced Delaware County slip and fall lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC, LLC are well versed in premises liability laws, and aggressively pursue slip and fall claims for our injured clients. To schedule a consultation, call us at 215-569-8488 or contact us online today.