Winter Slip and Fall Accidents in Wisconsin
Winter in Milwaukee County and the surrounding communities means snow and ice. The risk for a slip and fall accident increases during the winter months in the state of Wisconsin, and the number of those accidents are higher. It may be difficult to determine who is at fault though. If you slip and fall this winter and suffer as a result, you are entitled to compensation through a free case review with the experts at Scherr & Scherr, LLP.
Wisconsin premises liability law states that property owners and property managers have a legal obligation to keep their properties safe by adhering to reasonable standards of care to reduce the risk of a slip and fall accident on their property. If a person is injured on the property due to a preventable hazardous condition, the property owner can be considered negligent and be held liable for damages. This can include a failure to remove snow and ice from walkways and parking lots.
The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, has determined that unintentional falls account for the highest level of nonfatal injuries in almost all age groups. While these slip-and-fall cases are not always weather-related, inclement weather conditions are often the reason. Elderly and those in poor health are at an even great risk of slip-and-falls during the winter. By being more cautious, a slip-and-fall can be prevented. Take preventative measures to ensure staying safe in winter weather.
Know the Weather Forecast, and Prepare Accordingly
Winter in Wisconsin means unpredictable weather, so it is important to be prepared for slippery conditions. Watch the weather and plan for your day accordingly. Choose durable, slip-resistant shoes or boots that do not have a high heel, you can always pack dress shoes and change them once you reach your destination.
Walk with Caution
Walk slowly, and pay attention to the ground where you intend to step —black ice and slush can be difficult to see. Test areas to see if they are slippery before walking on them. If a walk or lot appears icy, try to walk around or on the other side. Paying attention the way you walk will greatly impact your chances of suffering a slip and fall.
Take the Safest Route
Flat, smooth surfaces are ideal for preventing a slip and fall, if possible, avoid stairs, ramps, curbs or other walkways that create additional hazards. Observe crosswalk and roadway signs, which may communicate any hazards nearby. Avoid distractions while walking by staying off of your cellphone.
Call Scherr & Scherr, LLP if You Need a Personal Injury Attorney
If you feel your fall could have been avoided and the property owner should have taken precautions to prevent it, you should discuss this with the slip and fall experts at Scherr & Scherr, LLP. We may be able to help mitigate the damage caused by someone else. Some slip and fall incidents are simple accidents, others are caused by the negligence of others. If you or a loved one suffers a slip and fall injury on someone else’s property, and you believe the property owner could have reasonably prevented it, it is important to contact a qualified personal injury attorney to discuss your options. Contact Scherr & Scherr at 414-467-3767 today.