This past weekend the Northeast was hit by winter storm Jonas which brought intensely cold weather and record snowfall. Among the various dangers of winter weather worth noting is the risk of slipping on icy surfaces and loose snow.
Slipping and falling can result in a number of serious injuries. For example, according to the CDC, falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury in the US, particularly among young children and older adults. The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reports that falls are the leading contributor to injuries among older people in the city. Injuries include the following:
The effects of a fall can linger for months afterwards, leading to a long-term negative effect on health, depriving people of wages as they have to miss work, and saddling them with often steep medical bills.
All it takes is one small patch on the sidewalk from which the ice wasn’t properly removed. All you need for a nasty fall is a thin layer of snow on a front step. It also doesn’t help that in bad weather, such as a blizzard, your visibility will be limited, causing you to overlook obstacles in your path.
Be sure to reach out to an experienced trip and fall accident lawyer if you need to this winter. You may be struggling to make ends meet and receive adequate insurance compensation for your medical bills or lost wages. There are also times when someone’s negligence contributed to your fall. Your attorney will carefully review your case and discuss all your options with you for how to proceed.