Slip and Fall in Snowy Weather: What You Should Do
Our first major snowstorm of 2017 is here. New Jersey is expected to get slammed with a lot of snow, especially here in Jersey City. According to the weather forecast, we may get as much as a foot of snow by the end of the day. Yikes!
Snow always make traveling difficult. Even just walking down the street can be treacherous. It’s also a good time for us to remind you about slip and fall injuries and what you should do after the accident.
Before we begin, let’s take a look at this handy guide on why slip and falls can be much more serious than you first realize:
- First things first, get medical treatment immediately following the fall. Only a doctor can tell you how bad the accident really was.
- Make a record of the incident, especially when it’s still fresh in your mind. If you can, try to get photographs of the scene.
- In your record, make sure you mention the circumstances that led to your fall. For instance, was it snowing out? Were the stairs covered in snow? Did the stairs need repair? Again, this is something you want to do as soon as possible before your memory fails.
- Make sure you keep a record of all your medical bills and any other expenses that involve the accident.
- Give us a call as soon as you can. Remember, time is a factor in many of these cases and the quicker we can start your case, the better the chance of a successful result.
It’s also important to keep in mind about New Jersey’s “storm in progress” rule. This states that if there are blizzard conditions at the time of your accident then you may not have a claim. The property owner has to be given a reasonable amount of time to clear the snow and ice after the storm has passed (there is no set amount of time; cases in the past have depended on the length of the storm and snowfall totals to predict the time). So if your accident occurred while it was still snowing outside, you may have some issues with your case. Which is why It’s so important to speak with an experienced slip and fall attorney about your case.
If you slip and fall on a commercial property in New Jersey and are injured, we’re here to help. Contact the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone today for a free consultation.