Common Slip and Fall Risks During Massachusetts Winters
A slip-and-fall may not seem like a serious accident in comparison to other types of personal injury accidents like car crashes or medical malpractice. However, the reality is that slip-and-fall accidents can be just as serious and leave victims with severe injuries. The winter season poses an even greater risk of slip-and-fall accidents in Massachusetts. While a slip-and-fall can occur anywhere for a multitude of reasons, there are several common slip-and-fall risks that pose a threat to residents of Massachusetts during the coldest months of the year.
At Sweeney Merrigan Personal Injury Lawyers, our team of personal injury lawyers has over 45 years of experience and offers award-winning representation to victims who have been injured in slip-and-fall accidents. No one should have to go through the Massachusetts personal injury claims process alone after suffering an injury. Through our passionate representation and strategic insights, we have helped clients pursue compensation after a slip-and-fall accident in the winter. To request a free consultation, call 617-391-9001 or fill out our contact form.
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5 Most Common Slip-and-Fall Risk Factors During the Winter in Massachusetts
The winter months pose many risks to individuals living in the state of Massachusetts. One of those risks is greater chance of suffering from a slip-and-fall accident. The most common situations that may cause a slip-and-fall accident in the winter are as follows:
Whether you are walking into a building or on the sidewalk, the winter weather can make walkways slippery due to snow, slush, or ice that may form and cause you to slip-and-fall.
Wearing Improper Footwear
Because of the likelihood of slippery walkways, it is crucial that you wear the right footwear. Choosing to wear footwear that has no traction can lead to a serious injury as a result of a slip-and-fall.
Not Utilizing Support
Whether you are going up or down the stairs during the winter, it is best to use the handrails to ensure you have some support if you begin slipping.
Not Taking Your Time
Walking at a fast pace or even running during the winter can easily result in a serious slip-and-fall accident that can leave you with a damaging injury.
Wet Floors With No Sign
When you walk into a building during the winter months, you will likely track in snow or slush that will eventually melt and create a hazardous floor. If the establishment does not display a wet floor sign, you may not realize that the floor is slippery and suffer an injury as a result.
If you have suffered a slip-and-fall accident due to another party’s negligence, you may be eligible to collect compensation for your injuries and losses by filing a personal injury claim.
What Damages Can You Collect From a Slip-and-Fall Accident?
If you have been injured in a slip-and-fall accident, you may be eligible to collect the following damages:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages and lost earning potential
- Pain and suffering
If you are unsure what damages you may be eligible for, speak with a trusted Massachusetts slip-and-fall lawyer. An experienced lawyer can help you build your claim and pursue the best possible outcome for your settlement.
Co-managing partner, J. Tucker Merrigan, has been with Sweeney Merrigan Personal Injury Lawyers for over a decade. He has received honors for his work helping clients like being named to the Top 40 Under 40 for National Trial Lawyers, 2023 Best Lawyers in America for Medical Malpractice, and more. Co-managing partner, Peter M. Merrigan, has been recognized for his work helping his clients in Massachusetts: 2018 Top 40 Under 40 National Trial Lawyers, 2018 Rising Star, Super Lawyers; 2019-2021 Massachusetts Super Lawyer, and more.
Speak With a Massachusetts Slip-and-Fall Lawyer Today
At Sweeney Merrigan Personal Injury Lawyers, our legal team has over 100 years of combined experience helping our clients who have been harmed in slip-and-fall accidents. Our experienced legal team will fight for the damages you deserve, ensuring your legal rights are protected throughout every step of the claims process. To schedule a free consultation with one of our trusted lawyers, give us a call at 617-391-9001 or fill out our contact form.