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Cherry Hill Slip and Fall Lawyers: Icy Conditions Increase ER Visits for Slip and Fall Injuries

February 10, 2015

New Jersey sidewalks, parking lots, and streets can be treacherous in snowy and icy conditions. Most commonly, icy conditions are the result of light precipitation in the form of rain or light snow that melts slightly during the day only to re-freeze in the evening. When this happens, it is difficult for people to distinguish between wet surfaces and icy surfaces. Sometimes, icy surfaces are hidden beneath a fresh layer of snow.  These conditions often cause slip and fall accidents that result in serious injuries.

The National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) reports over eight million people visit hospital emergency rooms each year because of slip and fall injuries.  Slip and fall accidents are second only to car accidents as the most leading cause of personal injury. While slip and fall injuries can occur at any age, most injuries seem to occur in about a third of individuals over the age of 65.

Some of the most common injuries caused by snow and ice slip and fall accidents are sprains and strains, cuts and lacerations, broken bones, head injuries, and spinal injuries. Spinal injuries caused by a slip and fall accident can be extremely debilitating. The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center estimates that 28 % of all spinal cord injuries are caused by slip and fall accidents. However, in extreme cases, head injuries (subdural hematoma) can lead to fatalities.

Slip and fall injuries caused by icy conditions require immediate medical attention and sometimes necessitate years of rehabilitation and lifelong care which can have a significant impact on a person’s finances. Compensation for slip and fall injuries may be pursued if the cause of the injury could have been prevented. Property owners have a duty of reasonable care to clear sidewalks, stairs and other outdoor areas of ice and snow within a reasonable amount of time.

Property owners can be held liable for injuries caused by a dangerous condition or if they failed to take action to remove a dangerous condition. Determining liability in New Jersey slip and fall injuries on ice is complex and requires the legal assistance of an experienced slip and fall lawyer.  Municipalities have different rules regarding snow removal. In most areas, snow must be cleared from sidewalks and walkways within 24 hours. Property owners who fail to clear their property could receive citations or fines.

Cherry Hill Slip and Fall Lawyers at DiTomaso Law handle Slip and Fall Injuries Caused by Snow and Ice Conditions

The experienced personal injury lawyers in Cherry Hill at DiTomaso Law represent individuals injured in New Jersey slip and fall accidents. If you or your loved one has been injured in a snow and ice slip and fall accident, compensation for your injuries may be available for the costs of past and future medical treatment, lost wages, pain and suffering. At DiTomaso, our dedicated Cherry Hill slip and fall lawyers will handle your personal injury case at significantly lower contingency fee rates than many other law firms.

To schedule your free confidential consultation, call us today at 856-414-0010 or submit an online inquiry form. We have offices located in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and in Center City, Philadelphia to serve clients in South Jersey and Southeastern Pennsylvania.

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