Slip and Fall Incidents on the Rise During Winter Months

Slip and fall accidents happen when you least expect them. According to the National Safety Council, falls are one of the leading causes of unintentional injuries in the United States, accounting for approximately 8.9 million visits to emergency rooms each year.


During winter months, rain and snow increases risks of injury from falls. A recent study published by the University of Michigan Health System found that during the winter, more than 1,000 additional wrist fractures occurred among adults age 65 and older, with Medicare costs for treatment at more than $240 million a year. You can obtain a free guide to from the National Safety Council with tips to prevent falls and protect your family.

You may have been injured by a slip and fall accident, but not realize that someone may be liable if the accident could have been prevented. There are many types of slip and fall accidents. Water, ice and snow are some of the most common. However, injuries from falls can also be the result of food or debris on restaurant or grocery store floors, pathways without proper lighting, or missing or faulty safety equipment such as handrails or barriers.

If you are involved in an accident where you slip, trip or fall, and believe that it was due to the negligence of others, they may be held accountable. Here are some quick tips if you find yourself injured from a fall:

  • Seek medical attention if needed. If you go to the emergency room, be sure to record the name of the professional who attends your injury.
  • Take detailed photos of your injury.
  • Have someone take detailed photos of the scene as soon after the accident as possible. Include a time stamp on the photo if you can.
  • Write down the name of the property, owners and any witnesses to the accident.
  • Contact a law firm with experience in slip and fall cases.
  • Do not admit fault or make any detailed or recorded statements to insurance adjusters without talking to a legal representative first.

If you or one of your loved ones has experienced an injury from a fall at any type of establishment, Owen, Patterson & Owen specializes in getting you the compensation you deserve. Check out this video in which Managing Partner Susan Owen discusses a slip and fall incident that took place at an amphitheater, resulting in a $3.2 million settlement for their client. And be sure to call us at 800-676-5295 for a free consultation.

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