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Tips to Avoid Slip-and-Fall Injuries on Snow and Ice

By Lependorf & Silverstein on December 17, 2014

Walking in New Jersey is dangerous this time of year. You can slip and suffer a serious injury by walking on fresh snow, freezing rain, packed snow, ice-covered snow, frozen slush and ice. We have to deal with these types of conditions so often that it becomes easy to take our safety for granted. If you aren’t careful, you could suffer a devastating injury in a slip-and-fall accident.

Here are a few tips to help you avoid slip-and-fall injuries in New Jersey this winter:

  • Take smaller steps when walking in a particularly icy area.
  • If you find yourself on ice, shuffling along is even safer than taking small steps.
  • Put away your phone and look where you are walking.
  • Wear appropriate shoe wear with deep treads.
  • Stomp the snow off your boots when entering a building.
  • Look at your feet so that you can avoid ice and wet walkways.
  • Avoid areas that are marked slippery and use extra caution in entryways.
  • Stay on the roads and paths most travelled that have been recently cleared.
  • Be careful when exiting your vehicle. You may want to place both feet on the ground before standing up.
  • Use handrails whenever possible.
  • Spread sand when it is made available for visitors.
  • Take extra small steps when on slopes, hills and uneven surfaces.
  • Inform management when there are icy conditions on the sidewalk or slippery conditions indoors.

Even if you are extra careful this year, you still may slip and fall. Make sure you take a moment to collect yourself and check for injuries. If you have been hurt, you may have it in your best interest to call for help, notify the property owner, file a report and seek out medical attention. Some victims of New Jersey slip-and-fall accidents can pursue financial compensation for their injuries by filing a claim with the owner of the premises where the accident took place.

If you have suffered a slip-and-fall accident, please contact the Princeton personal injury attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein for a free and comprehensive consultation.

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