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Preventing Winter Slip And Fall Injuries

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Joliet slip and fall injury lawyerWinter is a good time to stay indoors and get cozy by the fire with your loved ones. However, we all must keep commitments during the colder months, and these will require us to go outside at one point or another. Slip and fall accidents can happen to anyone at any time of the year, but they are more likely in the winter months, due to slippery surfaces caused by snow and ice. 

According to the National Safety Council, there are 25,000 daily slip and fall accidents in the United States. In 2014 alone, there were over 40,000 workplace injuries as the result of snow, sleet, or ice. There is a chance for a slip or fall anytime there is a wet surface indoors in a location such as a store, or outside on a sidewalk or parking lot. 

Under the Illinois Snow And Ice Removal Act, residence owners are encouraged, but not required, to clear sidewalks of snow and ice. In most cases, a homeowner or property owner cannot be held responsible for a winter slip and fall if reasonable effort has been made to clear naturally accumulating snow. For unnatural accumulations of snow or ice, such as a mound of snow from plowing or shoveling, a homeowner or business owner may be held liable for injuries that occur. 

This winter, consider some tips for avoiding a slip and fall on account of snow or ice:

  • Dress Appropriately - You may change your coat or jacket rotation depending on the season, so do not forget to switch out your footwear as well. Consider investing in a good pair of snow boots to keep your feet warm and decrease your chance of slipping. Wear gloves to avoid putting your hands in your pockets for warmth. You are more likely to catch yourself or decrease the severity of the fall if your arms are freely available. 
  • Be Aware - While walking, consider the footing around you. There may be ice under a blanket of snow that is unseen to the eye. If a sidewalk looks too dangerous to walk on, consider crossing to the other side. Test an area with your foot before walking to check how slippery a surface is. Be mindful of the steps you are taking, and walk slowly and carefully over any unavoidable snow or ice. 

Contact a Will County Slip and Fall Accident Attorney

Determining whether a person or business is liable for a slip and fall injury can be difficult. If you believe that your injury was caused by the negligence of a property owner, our experienced Joliet personal injury attorneys can help you pursue a personal injury case. Call our offices at 630-932-9100 to schedule a free consultation.



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