As we enter the New Year, winter is in full swing here in Colorado. The
Front Range averages between 10 and 15 inches of snowfall per month between
November and April, and with that snowfall and cold temperatures comes
the increased risk of slip and fall accidents.
There are a few important slip-and-fall-related things to keep in mind
while out and about this winter. To start, there are a few easy preventative
measures pedestrians can take to minimize the risk of a slip and fall.
Wearing appropriate footwear and taking the time to find the safest route
to your destination are important. Also, it’s important to minimize
the distractions when walking during the winter months.
Yes, this means putting away the smartphone until you’re inside,
and being aware of your surroundings even during an engaging conversation
with a friend. While these precautions would be considered common sense
by most Coloradans, it is often when people overlook the little things
that a slip and fall occurs.
Next, if you do slip and fall, there are several essential things to keep
in mind. First, if you are injured, make sure you get the medical attention
you need! Your primary concern after falling should be to address your
injuries as quickly and effectively as possible. If emergency help is
needed, don’t hesitate to call. If you are still in pain after a
couple days, make an appointment with your doctor. Again, your priority
should be getting better and you should be focused on doing what it takes
Second, try to document details of your slip and fall. Did someone help
you after you fell? Get their business card, phone number, or other information.
What are the conditions like around you? What was the weather like? Was
the area well lit? Was there ice on the ground? These details may become
important if you decide to file a claim or bring a lawsuit. A great way
to try and document these details is to take pictures of the area. Nearly
everyone has a camera phone these days, so take pictures if you can, or
ask someone to take pictures for you (again, don’t forget to get
their contact information to follow up!). Try and take pictures of the
area where you fell, your shoes, and anything else that you think might
be relevant. Pictures are the best way to capture the condition of the
property at the time of your fall.
Third, make sure to save all medical records and bills, letters from the
property owner’s insurance provider, and other documents you receive
as part of your medical treatment or follow up with the property owner.
These will help determine the extent of your injuries, treatment, and
potential future treatment if you file a claim against the property owner’s
insurance company or file a lawsuit against the property owner.
Finally, consider contacting the personal injury attorneys at Jorgensen,
Brownell & Pepin if you suffered injuries from your fall. Each slip
and fall is different, and our team of experienced attorneys can help
walk you through what your options are based on your unique circumstances.
Insurance companies often offer less than what the injured person should
receive, or try to avoid liability altogether. JBP can help you negotiate
with the insurance, bring a lawsuit if needed, and help you obtain the
best outcome from your slip and fall.