• Feb
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    Posted by: Jarve Kaplan Granato Starr

    With Winter Comes a Higher Rate of Slip and Fall Accidents

    Tips on How a Lawyer Can Help if You Have Been Injured

    Winter may be the favorite time of year for children, skiers, and others who like to play in the snow, but the cold months also represent one of the most dangerous times of year when it comes to slip and fall accidents.  The risk of slipping on ice in a parking lot or on a sidewalk, or falling as a result of a slick interior floor on which snow or ice has melted presents a daily potential for danger, and though may would shrug off these concerns, the truth is that the majority of lawsuits revolving around premises liability start off with somebody carelessly neglecting their responsibility to properly remove snow, ice or its aftermath.  If you have been injured as a result of a slip and fall winter accident, you may be eligible to recover the cost of any medical expenses you incurred, as well as subsequent damages such as lost wages or pain and suffering. To learn more about your rights, contact the law firm of Jarve, Kaplan, Granato & Starr, LLC. We will listen carefully and determine whether we believe negligence has occurred, and provide you with the next steps for proceeding in filing a claim.

    Though every slip and fall winter accident is different, one thing that remains consistent is that property owners have a duty to maintain their environment in a condition that is reasonably safe. This generally means that they should conduct a routine inspection of areas where people are likely to walk and if they find any potentially dangerous conditions, they need to address them immediately. Failure to do so can result in serious injury, and sometimes even in death. Though people also have a responsibility to keep their eyes open and to try to avoid ice and snow conditions that are dangerous, the determination of whether a property owner is at fault or not for dangerous conditions resulting from winter weather generally rests on whether the owner knew about the condition and didn’t correct it, and failing that, whether the condition existed for a length of time during which they should have discovered it and corrected it.

    When you or someone you love is injured in a winter slip and fall accident and it is determined that the owner of the property is responsible for their injuries, there are three different elements of damages that a personal injury attorney from Jarve, Kaplan, Granato & Starr will pursue on your behalf. These include your past and future medical expenses, your past and future lost wages or loss of earnings capacity, and your past and future pain, suffering, disfigurement or disability.  For more information on whether your situation represents negligence and how we can help, contact us today to set up a free consultation to discuss what happened to you.

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