Although slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere, and at any time, when there’s ice involved, suddenly there’s the potential for falls to become rather more serious.
Slip and fall stats
According to the CDC, slip and fall is the most common type of accident in the country, yet so many people remain unaware of the dangers, particularly during icy weather. Every year, in excess of one million people are injured in the US, due to slip and fall accidents. Around a third of these injuries will be severe, with trips to the ER for broken and fractured bones, head injuries, and other injuries which lead to death. In addition, approximately 20,000 people die each year from slip and fall accidents – that’s a 2% chance of dying from a slip. All it takes is just one second of being off-balance, and at the very least, as well as a great deal of pain and inconvenience, you could be out of pocket to the tune of around $28,000 – the average cost (including lost wages and medical expenses) of a slip and fall accident.
Regular ice is not the only hazard you should be careful of – black ice is a far more dangerous. Black ice is water which has re-frozen beneath a layer of snow, and so of course, it is not always visible. It’s most often found in parking lots, on sidewalks, and on roads. When you can see it, it looks like dirty dark grey patches, hence its name.
Although slip and fall accidents can happen to anyone, taking reasonable precautions can help to lessen your chances of taking a tumble. Be aware of your surroundings – stay on the lookout for icy patches; make sure you wear shoes and boots which have rubber soles with grip on them; don’t stride on icy sidewalks – take smaller steps; try to keep your hands free to help with balance – use railings where possible; and if you must carry things – e.g. groceries – only carry light bags or boxes.
Owners of property – both public and private – have a duty to keep their premises clear of obvious hazards to patrons, shoppers, and visitors; this includes keeping sidewalks, lots, and pathways clear and free of snow and ice. However, accidents can and do happen, so if you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, it’s imperative you seek legal counsel from a slip and fall attorney as soon as possible. Call us today on 212-221-5999 for a free, no-obligation consultation, and our expert NYC slip and fall lawyers at Antin, Ehrlich, and Epstein LLP will determine the best course of action for you . Alternatively, you can email us with your query.
This holiday season, please take extra care – don’t be a victim of a slip and fall accident.