Winter has recently been battering Maryland and pretty much the entire surrounding region with snow. In such conditions, it is important for everyone to know how to avoid slip-and-fall accidents – whether you are on your property, on someone else’s, or on a public street. According to the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 1 million Americans suffer an injury from a slip-and-fall every year. About 17,000 die from injuries. Slip-and-fall accidents also make up about 15 percent of job-related injuries.
Here are some tips to help you avoid these horrible accidents:
- Mop up spills immediately.
- Make sure all throw rugs are backed with nonskid matting.
- Keep driveways, steps, and sidewalks clear of snow and ice. Spread salt on ice if you are unable to clear it from steps and sidewalks.
- Wear shoes or boots that will give you traction.
- Walk slowly, since taking smaller steps will help with stability.
- Do not walk on ice and try to stay on walkways.
- Try not to carry heavy loads. This might affect your balance.
If you have been injured in a slip-and-fall accident on someone else’s property, it is important that you take some steps to ensure that your rights are protected. Take photos of the conditions on the property with a time-date stamp. Take photographs of your injuries as well. If you fell on commercial property, file a report with the property manager and get a copy for your own records.
It is important that you obtain prompt medical attention. Contact an experienced Maryland personal injury lawyer at Alpert Schreyer who will fight for your rights and ensure that you are fairly compensated for your losses.