Major Injuries Follow and Snow and Ice Accident
Snow and Ice Accident Lawyer at The Doan Law Firm Fight for Justice and
With the winter season officially underway in December, weather conditions
in many locations across the United States become quite treacherous with
regularity. Indeed, in some locations across the country, relief from
cold, snow, and ice doesn't really begin to occur until later in April.
Although some people extol pleasant commentary about this time of year
creating a winter wonderland, for some individuals, the winter months
become a horrific experience because of snow and ice accidents of different types.
Although it is true that automobile accident rates increase when roadways
are littered with snow and ice, these thoroughfares are not the only locations
of serious wintertime accidents. A snow and ice accident lawyer from The
Doan Law Firm can explain that slip and fall injuries increase during
the winter months.
If you have been injured because of a snow and ice accident involving a
slip and fall, you need to understand your rights and interests. If a
snow and ice accident occurred because of someone else's negligence,
you need to exercise your right to obtain compensation for your injuries
and other losses.
Local Ordinances and Snow and Ice Removal
Cities and towns across the United States have specific ordinances in place
regarding the removal of snow and ice from sidewalks and other pathways
utilized by business visitors and others. In addition, most localities
have similar requirements for homeowners when it comes to clearing snow
and ice from sidewalks in front of their residences.
If you have been injured because a business or homeowner failed to properly
tend to accumulated snow and ice, the first step to take is ascertain
what the law is in your community regarding removal of snow and ice. Although
the violation of an ordinance alone may not be enough to firmly prove
negligence in your case, it is likely to be a major component in proving
a claim or lawsuit to recover for injuries and losses sustained in a snow
and ice slip and fall incident.
Injuries from Snow and Ice Accidents
Research suggests that individuals who slip and fall because of snow and
ice on a walkway oftentimes sustain greater injuries that is the case
when a similar event occurs because of slipping on a liquid on the floor
or ground. Because of the nature of snow and ice, a person's fall
to the ground tends to be quicker and harder than is the case with a liquid
spilled on the floor or ground. The accelerated rate of a fall, and harder
impact, enhances the level of injuries sustained in a snow and ice accident.
In many cases, a person who slips and falls on snow and ice sustains considerable
injuries. This particularly is the case if a person who slips and falls
because of these wintertime conditions is older. In any event, commonly
occurring injuries in a snow and ice accident include:
- broken bones
- wounds and lacerations
- soft tissue damage
- spinal cord damage
- traumatic brain injury
Broken bones are not minor injuries, particularly for a person over the
age of 50. Broken hips are common injuries in snow and ice accidents.
The shocking reality is that a broken hip can prove to be a death sentence
for an older person. Each year, thousands of otherwise relatively healthy
older Americans sustain broken hips, have to undergo surgery, and die
from complications related to the procedure. Traumatic brain injury and
spinal cord damage can end up negatively impacting a victim of a wintertime
slip and fall case for a lifetime.
Compensation in a Snow and Ice Accident Case
The nature and extent of injuries is the primary factor underlying compensation
awarded in a snow and ice accident case. The conduct of the party responsible
for an accident, particularly a party that failed to remove snow and ice
from a public area in s timely manner, also impacts the amount of compensation
awarded in a wintertime slip and fall case.
Examples of injuries and losses that are compensable in a snow and ice
accident case include:
- medical expenses
- pain and suffering
- mental and psychological anguish
- permanent disability
- permanent disfigurement
- lost salary or wages
The serious nature of wintertime accidents render it very likely that you
will need compensation for future losses as well. A skilled snow and ice
accident attorney from our law firm will fight on your behalf to ensure
that you obtain full compensation for existing and future losses.
Future compensation includes financial recovery for ongoing medical bills
as well as pain and suffering. You may not be able to return to work any
time soon. Future lost income will also be part of financial compensation
a member of our skillful legal team seeks on your behalf through an appropriate
insurance settlement or judgment in a lawsuit.
Retain a Snow and Ice Accident Lawyer
The experienced, compassionate legal team at The Doan Law Office includes
snow and ice accident lawyers. An initial consultation with a member of
our legal team can be made by calling (800) 349-0000. Our winter injury
hotline is staffed around the clock, 24 hours a day, seven days a week,
52 weeks a year. Our hotline operates all day and night on each and every
major holiday as well.
We can schedule an appointment for you at any one of our offices located
across the United States. We also have the capacity to schedule a virtual
initial consultation with you, should that best meet your needs at this
time. There is no cost for an initial consultation with a snow and ice
accident lawyer from The Doan Law Firm.
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