Snow and Ice Lead to Record Number of Fall Down Accidents

Hospitals across the country are reporting a record number of emergency room visits resulting from slip and fall accidents due to snowy and icy weather conditions. The Mansfield News Journal of Mansfield, Ohio states that many of these injured victims are senior citizens and that the hospitals have seen many broken bones. Very few people will disagree when I say that this has been a terrible winter so far for most of the country. Snow, sleet, freezing rain and ice have been regular visitors. It has been difficult to keep sidewalks and streets clean but property owners have an obligation to clear their sidewalks from snow and ice within a reasonable period of time. Injuries from this type of accident can range from bruises to fractures and dislocation of bones, severe back injuries and head injuries such as concussions. If you or a family member were the victim of a fall injury due to snow or ice, would you know what to do? Obviously, the first step is to seek medical treatment at your local hospital emergency room. The doctors in your emergency room should x-ray the injured parts of your body and, in the case of a head injury, a CT scan should be performed. Your second step should be to call an experienced, knowledgeable attorney who specializes in slip-and-fall injuries. Victims who have fallen on ice or snow may be entitled to monetary compensation for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering sustained in the fall. It is imperative that the victim of this type of accident calls a lawyer quickly to discuss a possible claim. For instance, did you know that, if you fall on property owned by the city, state, county or federal government, you must file a claim within a very short period of time or lose your right to file? The time periods vary from state to state. If you fall on private property, is the property owner insured? An aggressive, top notch personal injury lawyer will investigate your claim and put the proper insurance carrier and/or authorities on notice. You need an attorney who will fight for you and protect all of your rights. My law office has been representing innocent victims of slip and fall injuries for over thirty years. Many of these accidents have been the result of icy or snowy sidewalks. I have also had the great privilege of working with some of the best attorneys across this country. If you have been injured in an accident, I invite you to fill out an online consultation form on my website or call me at 1-800-603-6833 to discuss your claim. It is quick, easy and the consultation is free. Don’t wait any longer!

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