Winter Is Coming: Ice Slip FAQs
Summer is coming to an end, which means it will start to get colder soon. With the cooler weather, you may experience icy, snowy sidewalks, even in the typically warm North Carolina. Hopefully you will not take any tumbles, but if you or a loved one does have a bad fall due to snow or ice, you may wonder if you have a case to make. The best thing you can do if you were in a slip and fall accident is to contact a slip and fall lawyer in Charlotte, NC to see if you have a case. To get you started, here are some frequently asked questions about winter-related snow and ice falls according to our friends at Schehr Law, PLLC, Attorney at Law.
- When do most slip and fall accidents occur?
Slip and fall accidents can happen at any time of year, but even in a warm climate like North Carolina, there is an increase in these accidents as we head into colder months when icy and snowy conditions are more likely.
- Where can slip and fall accidents occur?
Slip and fall accidents can occur in many places. Perhaps you may slip while walking outside of your office building on your way to your car or possibly while walking your dog on the sidewalk outside of your neighbor’s house. Slip and fall accidents can occur on private or public property.
- I slipped outside my apartment building on snow and ice. Do I have a legal case to make?
While each case is different and there are many factors that go into winning a slip and fall case, this could qualify. In a situation such as this, a personal injury lawyer may look into whether or not the lease agreement includes language designating the landlord with maintenance responsibility. Even if the lease does not include such language, the injured person may still have a case to make for financial damages.
- I overheard someone tell the store owner that the sidewalk was slippery. Leaving work that evening I fell. Do I have a legal case?
Possibly! It is a useful piece of evidence and could help establish that the business owner was negligent, since someone warned the owner of the precarious condition of the sidewalk and nothing was done.
- What should I do if I was in a slip and fall accident?
If you were in a slip and fall accident the most important thing to do is take care of any injuries you may have ascertained. If you do not require immediate medical attention, it can be helpful to gather evidence. Evidence can include pictures of the scene and anything else that may be helpful to prove your case. After receiving medical attention, getting a copy of doctors notes and diagnosis can also be useful. Then, as soon as possible, contact a personal injury lawyer while the incident is fresh in your mind.
Be careful this winter and be sure to look out for slippery sidewalks. However, if you do find yourself injured due to a slip and fall incident, be sure to contact a lawyer for a consultation and advice on how to proceed.