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Avoiding a Slip and Fall Accident This Winter

Avoiding a Slip and Fall Accident This Winter

As the snow begins to fall, so do people. Sleet and icy walkways typically contribute to an increase in slip and fall injuries during the winter, leading to untimely medical bills and missed work. Our firm offers some invaluable tips to help you and those around you avoid a nasty fall this winter.

  1. Wear Appropriate Clothing: Nonslip shoes can increase your traction on slick surfaces and keep you on your feet. Shoes with neoprene soles or similar nonslip materials are best. Additionally, wearing bulky coat can cushion the impact of a fall.
  2. Clear Walkways: Shoveling snow out of frequently traveled walkways and laying down ice-melting granules can keep your path clear and reduce your risk of a slip.
  3. Walk Slowly: Take short, deliberate steps when walking on slippery ground.
  4. Check Your Footing: When you are stepping off a curb or getting out of your car, watch where you step. If you are walking up or down outdoor steps, grab any handrails that are present and move slowly. Assume every surface is slippery, and act accordingly.
  5. Avoid Carrying Anything: Keep your arms free if you are walking outside. This can help you maintain balance. If possible, try to store any items in a backpack.
  6. Don’t Keep Your Hands in Your Pockets: While your hands may be cold, free hands can be used to break your fall.
  7. Help the Elderly: Seniors are particularly susceptible to slip and fall accidents in winter. Lend them a hand if they need to help ensure their safety. Likewise, don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it as well.
  8. Watch the Weather Reports: If there are storm warnings or reports of particularly harsh weather, try to stay indoors as much as possible.
  9. Put Up Signs: If you are aware of particularly dangerous areas, post signs that warn people of the risk of slipping. This is especially important if you are a business owner.

While these tips can help reduce your risk of a fall, accidents are still a possibility. If you are injured in a slip and fall accident this winter, our Hamden and New Haven personal injury lawyers from Sette & Parnoff, PC can help you pursue compensation for your suffering. With more than 65 years of combined experience serving the residents of Connecticut, our legal professionals can provide the exceptional representation you need in a premises liability claim and maximize your chances of securing a desirable outcome. Get started today: tell us about your case by contacting our firm online or by calling our office at (203) 285-3075.

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