Winter weather and slip-and-fall accidents: Watch your step

As a Pittsburgh resident, you know that winter has the potential to bring many types of weather to the area. From rain to snow, from ice to sleet, there’s no telling what will come next.

Your safety and well-being are of utmost importance, so you must become familiar with the common causes of wintertime slip-and-fall accidents.

  • Ice and snow accumulation: For example, you may find that the store you’re visiting did a poor job clearing ice and snow from the walkway leading to the building. If you’re not paying attention, this can result in a slip and fall.
  • Slippery parking lots: While most businesses do a good job clearing parking lots in a timely manner, this isn’t always the case. It only takes a bit of rain, snow or ice to increase the risk of a slip and fall.
  • Water on interior floors: You pay so much attention to your safety when walking on sidewalks and in parking lots that you overlook what happens when you go indoors. Wet feet, for example, can lead to wet floors. Subsequently, there’s a greater chance you’ll slip and fall.

If you’re injured in a slip-and-fall accident, regardless of the location, seek immediate medical attention. You don’t want to wait a single day to seek care, as you never know what type of injury you’re dealing with.

Along with obtaining treatment, make note of what caused the accident. This information can help you protect your legal rights if your accident was the result of another party’s negligence.