Winter Slip and Fall Accidents
While winter can be an exciting and fun time for the whole family, a cold and harsh Wisconsin winter can bring with it many threatening and dangerous elements. Packed snow and patches of ice can pose a serious threat to anyone walking outside during the winter months.
To keep themselves and other safe, property owners have a duty to keep their property free from accumulated ice and other slippery conditions. Unfortunately, not all property owners are careful enough to do this. If you have been injured by slipping on ice on private property, you may be able to claim damages from the responsible person or company. For more information on your legal rights and options, contact the Wisconsin personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today at 800-242-2874.
Tips for Staying Safe in Winter Weather
To stay safe on slippery surfaces, there are several tips you can follow to protect yourself and your family from potentially damaging slip and fall accidents.
- When walking on slippery surfaces, never carry anything in your arms. This way, in the event that you do slip, you will have your arms free to brace yourself and thus protect your face and head.
- Make sure you wear weather-appropriate shoes. Shoes with little to no traction will provide you with no protection against slipping. You should also look for shoes with good ankle support that can help you from spraining or twisting your ankle on slippery surfaces.
- Test uncertain areas before transferring your whole weight onto them. If you see a patch of ground that looks like it might be slippery, extend one foot out in front of you to test it before walking n it.
- Do not carry children or babies when walking on slippery surfaces. If you do fall and are carrying a child, not only will you likely be injured, but you could seriously injure your young child, as well.
- Take your time. The likelihood of slipping is significantly increased by walking quickly and not being as careful as possible.
No matter how careful you may be, accidents still can occur when negligent property owners do not maintain safe premises. If you have slipped and fallen on someone else’s property, you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries. For more information, contact the Wisconsin premises liability attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today at 800-242-2874.