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Useful Information About Slip and Fall Accidents in the Winter Months
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 to recover.
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.