ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Like it or not, the cold temperatures are here and when the mercury dips below freezing, there’s a chance you can get injured – or be on the other end of a personal injury claim.
Each year, millions of people slip on ice. Not only can a fall like that be painful – it can be costly too. Slips on ice account for over 30 percent of all slip work-injury claims, an analysis by the Accident Fund Insurance Company of America found.
Generally, slip and fall victims are awarded significant compensation when their attorney can prove that an employer or a property owner did not supply a reasonably safe environment for their workers, customers, tenants or others. So, the best way to avoid being liable for a slip and fall injury is to prevent one from happening this winter.
A Rochester slip and fall attorney at Cellino & Barnes says there are several precautions property owners can take to make sure they’re doing everything they can to avoid an accident – but many people neglect these safety measures.
“Snow and ice removal can be a frustrating chore but it’s one we’ve come to expect living in Rochester,” slip and fall lawyer Ross Cellino said. “Luckily, it’s not a difficult job and there are many ways property owners can safeguard themselves – and others – from a devastating accident.”
- Look for leaks. When the temperatures drop, water forms ice. The best (and easiest) way to avoid an ice problem is to eliminate any leaks that could form an icy patch. If some of these leaks cannot immediately be fixed, close off the area.
- Check for ice. This seems obvious but many injuries happen in places that property owners don’t look. Regularly check pathways (both high and low traffic areas) for ice build-up.
- Signage. It’s always a good idea to invest in some signs to warn people entering or exiting a building that certain areas may be icy or slippery. These signs should be clearly visible and noticeable by anyone who could be walking in the area. Simply alerting people that a floor may be slick tells them to walk a little slower and more carefully.
- Melt the ice. There are several cost-effective solutions you can find at hardware stores to avoid the build-up of ice. Simple rugs can be placed at entrances inside a home or business. Outside, the old shovel and scrape is the best technique as it eliminates ice and snow.
Sidewalk salt can be used but it comes with some issues: Ice takes a while to melt and as it turns into water, it can make the area even more slippery.
Many of these ‘tricks’ are simple and can improve safety rather quickly but a Rochester slip and fall attorney says many people, unfortunately, neglect their responsibilities as a property owner and eventually, someone can get hurt.
If you’ve been injured after slipping and falling on ice, the Rochester slip and fall lawyers at Cellino & Barnes can help you get the best result possible. As one of the most recognizable personal injury firms in Western and Central New York, many of your friends and neighbors have trusted Cellino & Barnes to help them get compensation for their injuries. The firm’s ‘No Fee Promise’ guarantees injured victims that their lawyer will always put the clients’ interests first. Contact one of their Rochester slip and fall attorneys now for a free case evaluation.
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