Is it winter yet? Throughout the United States, it actually has been quite warm for this time of year. In New York, where Harmon, Linder & Rogowsky is located, there have been some days in October when the air conditioner was still needed.
However, before you know it, winter will be here, and with that comes the unfortunate risk of slipping on ice. Ice on the sidewalk or parking lot may seem innocuous but a fall could literally ruin your life. In parts of the country where ice is commonplace in the winter, tens of thousands of falls could occur every year.
While many will not be disastrous, those that are can have lasting effects. Take, for example, if you fall on the ice and break your ankle. We’re talking about surgery and possibly months on the sideline where you aren’t able to get out of bed. You then will have to incur months of pain physical rehabilitation.
A slip and fall on the ice could results in months on the sidelines, lots of pain and suffering, large medical costs, and possible lost wages. You could avoid slip and falls in your own home by shoveling sidewalks and pathways as soon as possible after a snowstorm. You should also use a de-icer (one that is animal-friendly if at all possible.)
However, if you are not at home, you could be at the mercy of others, which is why it’s extremely important to contact an attorney, like those at Harmon, Linder & Rogowsky. Harmon, Linder & Rogowsky reviews all cases to determine whether or not fault can be assigned when someone has fallen.
Although it doesn’t occur in every case Harmon, Linder & Rogowsky reviews, there are many where blame can be assigned to a store or home owner who decided that they didn’t want to take care of their ice issue even though they knew it could lead to an accident.
There are many things you can do to protect yourself against ice. Wearing the right footwear, for example is a must. If your boots’ tread is worn down, you might want to consider purchasing a new pair. You should pay attention as well when you walk as well. An icy day is not the day to have your cell phone as you walk.
However, in some cases, a slip and fall might be impossible and it could lead to litigation. If you have fallen on the ice and suffered an injury, you should contact an attorney to see what your potential options may be.