This is the time of the year that we are contacted by people who have been seriously injured in slip and fall and trip and fall accidents in Connecticut. Many of these Connecticut slip and fall accident cases result from falling on snow and ice. These cases typically occur in parking lots, on sidewalks, on stairways, in condominium or apartment complexes, in private walkways and driveways, and other places where people will go to get products and services, or meet with others, in the cold weather. Still other cases occur as a result of snow and ice that causes slippery conditions when it is tracked into grocery stores, restaurants, shopping centers, malls, stores and other commercial locations. These types of cases create slip and fall accidents while trip and fall accidents are caused by things such as defective walkways, potholes or raised sidewalks, insufficient lighting or other defects that create a dangerous situation while walking.
Unfortunately, many of these types of injuries are quite serious and result in fractured ankles, broken legs, fractured wrists, broken arms, injuries involving plastic surgery, spinal cord injuries, head injuries, and other serious medical challenges that are created by the impact of landing on the ground after slipping or tripping and falling. Many of these types of injuries are preventable and extreme caution should be utilized when walking during the winter months, in conditions where the lighting is less than adequate, where there are defective walkways and sidewalks, in parking lots and at other locations.
If you are a property owner, or if you are responsible for maintaining the walkways and parking lots in and around your property, it is imperative that you take great care in making sure that snow and ice is removed and that sand and salt are placed on the walking surfaces. In many of these cases, snow and ice thaws during the day and re-freezes during the night so this process of maintaining the sidewalks and parking lots must be revisited on a daily basis and, more frequently when the weather is bad.
If you are heading out during bad weather is very important that you wear the proper footwear so as to reduce your risk of slipping or tripping and falling. You should also used handrails whenever possible and be very aware of your surroundings. You should avoid walking on snow and ice, if possible.
In certain conditions black ice might not even be visible until you are right on top of it. You should also try and walk on areas that have sand or salt on them and you should shuffle your feet across any slippery surfaces so as to reduce your risk of falling. It is also very important that you be on the lookout for any unsafe or hazardous conditions and you should leave yourself additional time when traveling in conditions where there is bad weather. If you are traveling at night, it is a good idea to bring a flashlight with you so you can improve your visibility when navigating dangerous walkways.
If you are injured as a result of a slip and fall or trip and fall accident is important that you get the proper medical care and attention and are taken from the accident site to the nearest hospital emergency room. If you are able, you should take as many pictures as possible of the place where you fell including what caused you to fall. You should also get the name and contact information of any witnesses who were present who could later give a statement as to what happened. When the police or the ambulance personnel arrive you should tell them what caused you to slip or trip and fall including pointing out the slippery surface or defective condition.
If you are injured in a Connecticut slip and fall accident it is very important that you contact an experienced CT accident lawyer as soon as possible. There are a great number of things that need to be done as near as possible to the time you were injured and there are a number of other things that should not be done. Chances are you will not know what to do and you will not know what to do which could literally end up costing you tens of thousands of dollars. Our CT accident lawyers take accident cases on a contingency fee basis which means that we do not collect a fee unless and until we recover money damages for you. Our CT accident lawyers also advance the costs to develop your case so you will not come up with any money out of your own pocket. These costs are only repay to us when we collect money damages for you. If there is no recovery, then you will no legal fees and no costs.
It is very important that you get this valuable free information, immediately. If you are unable to travel as a result of your serious injuries then our CT accident lawyers will be happy to meet with you at some location which you designate, either in the hospital, in a rehabilitative care facility or in your own home. There are many things that need to be done as soon as possible. You can also visit our website and download any one of our free books on Connecticut accident and injury law. Please contact us immediately so we can advise you as to what to do.