Car accidents and slip-and-falls are prevalent during snow storms, freezing temperatures, and other hazardous weather conditions. As a personal injury attorney on Long Island, I regularly help people who have suffered injuries obtain compensation.
With slip and falls, businesses have an obligation to exercise reasonable care with respect to dangerous conditions. Restaurants, bars, convenience stores and other businesses with high traffic areas must anticipate hazards and take precaution for their customers' safety. Without appropriate shoveling and salting, snowy sidewalks will turn into slick ice hazards. Even when initially shoveled, snow and ice accumulations pose a continuing slipping hazard risk due to thawing and refreezing. Indoors, slippery entrances and floors require appropriate warnings and non-slip coverings, which must be placed properly to avoid turning a slipping hazard into a tripping hazard.
The injuries caused by slipping and falling can be severe. Joints are particularly sensitive. The bones in wrists, elbows, ankles, knees and hips are subject to fracturing, with a range of severity. Sometimes, "soft tissue" injuries (including torn ligaments or tendons, or bone bruising) can be even worse than a fracture.
Car accidents are also frequent during and after snow storms. Slippery roads are an obvious hazard. Winter weather also leads to other hazards such as snow accumulation that can limit visibility and road shoulder accessibility.
You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Personal injury damages can include recovery for past and future pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life, as well as compensation for economic losses including lost wages and medical expenses.