Snow, Ice and Customer Safety

January 13, 2017

Slips and falls can lead to serious and sometimes permanent injuries and even death.  Contact us online or call Drake, Hileman & Davis, PC at 888-777-7098 if you have been hurt in a slip and fall.  We have the experience to help you get a medical evaluation you can trust and identify the party responsible for your injuries. We will work with you through the entire legal process.

Slip and Fall Facts

The National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) has complied the following facts about slips and falls:

  • Slip and falls account for over 8 million hospital emergency room visits and slip and falls are the leading cause of visits (21.3% of all visits are attributed to slip and falls).
  • Fractures are the most likely serious consequence of slip and falls (they occur in 5% of all people who experience a fall). Such falls are the primary cause of days not worked.
  • Each year in the United States, one of every three persons over the age of 65 will experience a fall (1.8 million people over the age of 65 were treated annually in an emergency room because of a fall).

The cost of all these falls is staggering.  The NFSI reports that compensation and medical costs associated with slip and fall accidents is approximately $70 billion annually.  These costs include medical expenses, lost wages and reduced productivity.

If you have been injured in a slip and fall while visiting a business, contact us so we can help you get the compensation you deserve.  You and your family should not suffer either physically or financially because of someone else’s negligence.

What Should Businesses Do to Protect Me?

Businesses that invite you onto their premises with the hope that you will purchase goods or services must take steps to protect you from falls.  This means that companies should inspect and keep clear all sidewalks and pathways used for entering or exiting the business premises.

Midwestern and northeastern states are particularly susceptible to sleet, snow and ice during the winter months, and those doing business in these states should be aware of the dangers such conditions can present their customers.  Businesses should never be allowed to place profits ahead of the safety of their customers.

Regular inspections of sidewalks and entryways are required and if there is snow, sleet, ice or other harmful conditions present, the business owner must direct foot traffic elsewhere or work to clear the paths as soon as possible.

Drake, Hileman & Davis, PC is Here for You

Contact a Doylestown injury attorney at Drake, Hileman & Davis, PC today if you have been injured while visiting a place of business.  Remember that businesses must act responsibly in taking care of their customers and if you have slipped and fallen while visiting a business, seek medical attention and contact us.

An experienced injury attorney can help manage the legal process as you manage your recovery.  Never try to deal with big businesses and their attorneys alone.  We will fight for your rights and work to get you the compensation that you deserve.  We can be reached online or by phone at 888-777-7098.