ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Many of us start our day by putting on our boots, grabbing the shovel and heading outside to clear our driveways and sidewalks.
At least, you’re supposed to clear your sidewalk. In many cases, your neighbors might let it go but a Rochester slip and fall lawyer at Cellino & Barnes says neglecting to shovel your sidewalk could leave you on the hook if anyone is injured.
“Everyone knows they’re supposed to clear their sidewalks but every year, we see a spike in the number of accidents in Rochester,” slip and fall attorney Ross Cellino said. “When the snow is packed down due to foot traffic, it can form ice and we all know how dangerous that can be – and how difficult it can be to remove ice. So, it’s always a good idea to clear a path before it’s too late.”
Shovelers also need to take care of their own health. Rochester slip and fall lawyers say shoveling or firing-up the snow blower seems like a simple activity but they’re more dangerous than homeowners are willing to admit.
A recent study found that more than 11,000 people are hospitalized every year for injuries suffered while moving snow. Thousands more likely tweak a muscled and don’t visit the doctor for weeks or months – by that time they may have forgotten how they got injured in the first place.
Before you head outside in the morning, doctors recommend three important health tips to make sure you get rid of the snow efficiently and safely:
1. Lift with your knees, not your back – using your back muscles are a sure way to pull a muscle
2. Dress for the weather – it goes without saying: it’s cold outside. Muscles tend to operate more efficiently when they’re warm and the best way to stay warm when it’s below freezing is to wear layers and keep your extremities covered.
3. STOP if you’re feeling tired. The most common reason for hospitalization is exhaustion
If you experience any chest pain or have shortness of breath, it’s important to stop immediately and if it persists, contact a doctor. In many cases, these symptoms can be related to heart disease.
When you aren’t physically able to remove the snow, it’s still not an excuse to let the white stuff pile up. Rochester slip and fall attorneys say homeowners are usually granted a 24-hour “grace period,” so the second the snow stops falling, the clock is ticking!
If you don’t remove the snow in time, you could face a $150 fine or worse – someone gets hurt trying to traverse your Siberian-styled sidewalks.
Rochester slip and fall lawyers recommend calling a snow removal service in your area if you cannot physically remove the snow yourself. In many cases, you and your neighbors can rely on these services 24/7 and save someone else from a visit to the emergency room.
Unfortunately, many of your neighbors forego this responsibility and thousands of people get injured attempting to walk a slippery sidewalk. If you are one of those victims, Cellino & Barnes has helped countless others like you get the best result possible. Contact a Rochester slip and fall lawyer today for a free case evaluation.
Cellino & Barnes 800-888-8888