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Winter Weather and Slippery Conditions Increase Risk of Slip and Fall Accidents: Steps to Keep Yourself and Others Safe This Winter

With the cold weather come slippery conditions, and an increased risk for slip and fall accidents. Whether you are a homeowner, business owner, or are a visitor, it is important for you to understand ways to protect yourself, loved ones, as well as understand your rights in the event you are injured as the result of a slip and fall accident.

If you are a home or business owner, it is important for you to take crucial steps to prevent slip and fall incidents.

Recent precipitation mixed with frigid weather means ice and slippery walkways.

• Walkways, driveways, sidewalks, and other entryways should be cleared of snow as soon as possible, and salt should be put down to minimize the risk of ice and frozen surfaces.
• Lighting systems covering walkways or driveways should be checked to verify they are working properly. Deficient lighting makes it more difficult for individuals to see patches of snow and ice.
• Entrance steps and handrails need to be continuously inspected for damage.
• Interior walking surfaces, such as entrances, foyers, reception areas, hallways, and stairwells, are all areas common areas where serious slip and fall injuries can occur, and special attention should be paid to housekeeping in these areas.

Slip and fall incidents can result in painful and often serious injuries. Common types of injuries may include serious bruising, broken bones, spinal cord and back injuries, neck injuries, serious head injuries, or lacerations.

At the law offices of Altman & Altman, our team of experiences Slip and Fall Attorneys have nearly 50 years of experience helping slip and fall injury victims obtain compensation for their injuries. Improper maintenance is the most common reason for slip and fall injuries and are often the result of inadequate lighting, a missing step, a damaged railing, loose floorboards and uneven floor (or pavement), and liquid debris on floor surfaces, including ice and snow.

If you or a loved one was the victim of a recent slip and fall accident, do not hesitate to call the office of Altman & Altman to discuss you options for filing a personal injury claim. With decades of experience, our personal injury lawyers can determine who is at fault for your injuries, and whether you qualify for compensation for your injuries. It is important to contact a Massachusetts slip and fall attorney as soon after your injury as possible so that attorneys are able to reconstruct the accident, examine the accident site, and obtain any key evidence to establish a case of premises liability and negligence on behalf of the responsible party.

Our Boston slip and fall lawyers will examine your medical records and calculate the amount of your losses, including current and future medical costs, lost wages, rehabilitation expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages. Altman & Altman is known throughout Massachusetts for our ability to successfully obtain substantial insurance settlements or case verdicts for our personal injury clients.

To schedule your free consultation with an experienced Boston, Massachusetts slip and fall attorney at Altman & Altman LLP, call 617.492.3000 or 800.481.6199 or contact us online.