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 Slip & Falls Due To Inclement Weather

Did you know the National Floor Safety Institute estimates that slip and fall accidents account for over a million visits to the emergency room in the U.S. every year? The risk of slip and fall accidents increases significantly when there is bad weather. 

What Is Premises Liability?

Slip and fall accidents and trip and fall accidents are usually classified as premises liability cases. Premises liability is a legal concept where it is believed that a personal injury is caused due to unsafe conditions on someone’s property. While the rules differ from state to state, there are premises liability laws in place in both Colorado and Nevada.

If a property owner is negligent and disregards their duties to take reasonable actions to prevent slip and fall accidents, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries. Some weather-related conditions that can contribute to slip and falls and trip and falls include:

  • Rain
  • Snow
  • Ice
  • Sleet 
  • Hail
  • Water Buildup
  • Wet Leaves
  • Wet Debris
  • Wet Metal
  • Wet or Icy Steps

Reduce The Risk Of Weather-Related Trip And Falls

Even though property owners are responsible for taking reasonable actions to protect others, there are also steps you can take to reduce your risk of slipping and falling or tripping and falling. Slip and falls and trip and falls can cause serious injuries, so it is crucial to take necessary precautions to make sure you are as safe as possible. Some safety precautions you can take to avoid slipping and falling or tripping and falling include:

  • Use handrails.
  • Always look where you are going.
  • Take your time and walk slowly.
  • Wear slip-resistant shoes.
  • Do not use your phone while walking. 
  • Use a doormat to dry your shoes off as much as possible when entering buildings. 
  • Avoid poorly lit areas.
  • Use elevators when available, especially if you are carrying large items. 

Weather-Related Slip And Fall Injuries

If there are harsh weather conditions and you slip and fall or trip and fall, you can severely injure yourself. Some of the most common injuries that occur because of weather-related slip and fall accidents include:

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Broken Bones
  • Deep Skin Lacerations
  • Herniated Discs
  • Severe Neck Injuries
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Fractured Hips
  • Sprained Wrists
  • Knee Damage
  • Concussions

Hire Kim Welch Law For Your Slip And Fall Or Trip And Fall Case

Whether you tripped and injured yourself while entering a store on a rainy day, or your apartment building failed to shovel away the snow in front of the entrance and you slipped and fell, the Kim Welch Law team is prepared to fight for you and your case. There are statute of limitations and possibly other deadlines in both Colorado and Nevada, so it is important to contact our office as soon as possible so we can start building your case. If you or someone you know has had a slip and fall accident or a trip and fall accident, Kim Welch Law is ready to help you fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact our office today, and we can start looking into your case immediately!