Tips to Avoid Slip-and-Fall Injuries This Rainy Season

Dear Friends and Clients,
As we enter the rainy season, it is more important than ever to take precautions against slip-and-fall accidents. For the elderly in particular, a slip-and-fall can have life-changing medical and financial consequences. Over the years we’ve seen numerous instances of dangerous conditions that don’t immediately come to mind. In light of these often hidden risks, we’ve put together a short list of tips that may help ensure your safety during this wet and slippery time of year.

  • Avoid stepping in what appear to be small puddles or wet patches in parking lots. These sometimes conceal a larger pothole or crack which can cause a fall.
  • Be extra vigilant when entering and exiting buildings. This is where people wipe their feet and shake off their umbrellas. It is therefore where ultra-slick conditions are most likely to exist.  Often there will be rubber mats at entryways, but be cautious for rubber mats not laying flat upon the floor. These are trip hazards.
  • Be cautious of smooth-surfaced concrete, especially at gas stations and parking areas, which were not brushed when the concrete was first poured. The combination of the smooth surface with rainwater and oil creates a dangerously slick surface.
  • Wear rubber soled shoes with good traction. Avoid wearing slick-soled shoes and shoes with leather soles if possible, as such shoes dramatically increase your risk of falling in wet conditions.
  • Always use the handrail when going up or down stairs. Even if you feel you don’t need it, a tumble down the stairs usually results in serious injury, and anyone can miss a step.

If you or someone you know has suffered a slip and fall, please contact us immediately.  The evidence needed to establish liability in these cases is often times destroyed if you don’t act quickly.  Furthermore, in cases where the injuries are serious and long term care is required, Medicare will often not cover the full cost.  This means the only way to be fully compensated for your losses is by taking legal action against the property owner.  Finally, it is important to understand that the vast majority of slip-and-fall cases result in settlements or awards for amounts within the property owner’s insurance policy limit.  This means you will be compensated with no direct financial consequence to the property owner.

We wish you all health and happiness during this holiday season.