Snow and Ice Slip and Falls — What to Do
Games of Thrones may be over … but Winter is still coming. And with that wintery weather, an increase in slip and falls is also on the way. If you are a victim of a slip and fall on snow or ice, here is what you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones from financial harm.
- After the fall, if you are able to, call the police. You need to be examined, and the fall needs to be documented. It is important that your injuries are assessed by a professional. EMS can safely transport you to a hospital where you can be examined by medical professionals who are trained to look for specific injuries after fall down. Often times, internal injuries can go unchecked and lead to larger problems.
- Pictures, pictures, pictures. Without pictures in a slip and fall, there can usually be no case. Sometimes, a victim is incapable of taking pictures of the defective condition that caused the fall after the accident because of the extent of his or her injuries. If that is the case, ask a relative or friend to take pictures. A variety of pictures, close up shots, and pictures that show the totality of the defect are critical to proving your case.
- Take notice of the exact location of your fall. Was it on private property or government-owned property? There are certain governmental immunities that prevent and/or restrict liability for injuries on government property. Additionally, there are certain rules regarding notice and timing of the notice of the accident.
- Contact a slip and fall lawyer in Philadelphia so that you can be advised of your rights and the next steps to take. Unfortunately, a slip and fall can be financially devastating to you and your family. You may be out of work after your fall, without a way to pay your living expenses. Also, you will most likely begin to incur costly medical bills that will need to be paid either through your health insurance or out of your own pocket.
If you need advice after a slip and fall, don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our Philadelphia personal injury attorneys. We can guide you through the process and give you the support that you need to get through this physically and financially stressful time.