ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Caution: Falling can hurt your head. Yes, you already knew that but sometimes it can be difficult to distinguish a wet floor from a dry one or ice from concrete (see black ice). That’s why a Rochester personal injury firm is urging people to be cautious after this recent winter blast.
As another winter storm punched Western New York, it created some hazardous conditions – not just for drivers but for those who use their feet to get around. Slip and fall accidents can become daily risks when winter weather strikes. In some cases, you can suffer catastrophic injuries as a result of a fall.
A Rochester slip and fall lawyer at Cellino & Barnes says most property owners have a responsibility to clear sidewalks and make walkways safe for the public to use.
“When the snow piles up on a sidewalk and owner neglects to clear that snow, it can become a hazardous situation for anyone using these walkways in Rochester,” slip and fall attorney Ross Cellino said. “We are urging landlords and homeowners to clear their sidewalks and use melting salt to make sure these areas are safe for people to use because if they aren’t, you could be held liable for any injuries.”
In most areas, homeowners are required by law to clear sidewalks within hours after a storm.
Businesses with tile floors are also hot spots for slip and fall injuries after a winter storm. Snow, slush and ice can build up along the entryways and exits, making the tiles very slick. If these areas are not cleared, the wet floors can cause someone to slip.
Rochester slip and fall attorneys at Cellino & Barnes handle many of these cases each winter. They say the best way to avoid an injury is to be proactive and to be careful.
“As we urge businesses and homeowners to clear their walkways, we also want the people who use these walkways to be extra cautious,” Cellino said. “Be prepared for black ice and wear slip-resistant boots, if possible.”
Attorneys say businesses should always be prepared with sand or melting salt during the winter months, especially when forecasters expect a storm. Just a little traction can prevent a fall… and an injury.
If a property owner neglected to clear a path and you’ve slipped as a result, contact Cellino & Barnes today for a free consultation.