Snow and Ice Increase Slip and Fall Risk
The holidays can indeed be the most wonderful time of the year, but winter is not without its downside. Since Missouri’s first big snow storm last week, Mercy Hospital has seen a 20% increase in slip and fall accidents, according to Dr. Scott Henke.
Slip and fall accidents can happen anytime and anywhere. From bumps and bruises to broken bones and more, a fall can cause a variety of injuries. What’s worse, the pain from these injuries might linger long after your incident and permanently affect your ability to earn a living or enjoy life. Snow and ice only add to the possibility of slip and fall incidents.
When walking on city sidewalks, through government property, or in commercial buildings, you don’t expect to fall. It is the duty of the property owner to remove, block off, or fix hazards like slippery floors, uneven walking surfaces, broken steps, dangerous debris, and other hazards. Even naturally occurring snow and ice can place responsibility on a property owner in some cases. Some government entities and cities are entitled to prompt notice by certified mail after you fall or you will be barred from recovering for your injuries.
When it comes to winter weather, it can be tricky to determine if a property owner is liable. If there is ice and snow around, the best advice is to take it slow. If you have been hurt, or someone you love has been injured or died as the result of a fall, contact the St. Louis, Missouri slip and fall lawyers at The S.E. Farris Law Firm. We’ll help determine whether you have a personal injury or wrongful death claim. Call 314-A-LAWYER (314-252-9937) today for a free consultation or fill out our online case submission form.
Contact a St. Louis Personal Injury Attorney
The St. Louis Personal Injury Lawyers at The S.E. Farris Law Firm are experienced in slip and fall accidents, and premises liability cases. If you don’t have a valid claim, you can count on an honest assessment of the matter up front. If the landowner was completely or even partially at fault, we will fight to get the compensation for your financial and personal losses, such as medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, or long-term care you deserve.
Call 314-A-LAWYER (314-252-9937) today for a free consultation. The time to pursue a claim against a negligent party in a slip and fall case is limited. If the responsible party is a governmental entity, such as the owner of a dangerous road or sidewalk, the time limits are extremely short to make your claim. It is important to contact an experienced Missouri personal injury attorney as soon as possible so that your rights are protected, and so an investigation into the circumstances surrounding your accident can be conducted.