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Slip and Falls in Icy Conditions

Posted on March 20, 2015

Slip and Falls in Icy Conditions

Walking on snow or ice when it’s cold outside can be an difficult endeavor. Thousands of people suffer serious injuries every year because they lose their footing in icy or slippery conditions. Whether they occur in the workplace, at home, or anywhere else, winter slip and fall accidents are all-too-common.

Injury Causes and Statistics Rates

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that about 1 million Americans are injured, and 17,000 people die, as a result of slip and fall injuries every year. According to one study, slip and fall injury rates increase significantly as temperatures decline, with most injuries resulting from contact with outside services.

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Types of Personal Injury Cases and Associated Compensation

According to the American Bar Association, personal injury law is designed to protect individuals or their property in the event that they are injured or harmed due to the actions of someone else, or as a result of someone’s failure to act. Personal injury law is sometimes referred to as tort law. Personal injuries can occur in a variety of settings and for a variety of reasons. A primary cause of personal injury is negligence, which is defined by the Insurance Information Institute as “failure to act with the legally required degree of care for others, resulting in harm to them.”

Personal injury may also be based on strict liability or intentional wrongs. The notion of strict liability holds manufactures and designers liable for injuries that result from defective products. In strict liability personal injury cases, the injured party is not required to establish negligence on the part of the manufacturer or designer, but is instead required to show that the product was manufactured or designed in such a way that it became unreasonably dangerous when used for its intended purpose. Personal injury cases can also be based on intentional wrongs, however such cases are rare. An example of a case filed on such a basis would be if a store patron was wrongly detained by a security guard for suspicion of shoplifting; the detained individual might be able to file a suit for false imprisonment. There are several types of personal injury cases that can be pursued, examples of which are described below.

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What You Need to Know About Slip and Fall Injuries

Even though they might sound insignificant, so-called “slip and fall” injuries are not only common, but they can lead to substantial problems for those who are hurt as a result.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 17,000 people die, and more than one million people suffer injuries because of slips and fall accidents every year. A slip and fall injury occurs when, as the name implies, someone falls, trips, or slips on something. While simply slipping and falling doesn’t mean that you will be able to sue someone to recover damages, you can file a personal injury lawsuit in many situations where you experience injuries after a slip and fall.

Common Causes

Walking is something most people take for granted, but it becomes obvious just how potentially dangerous it can be to walk in some environments when you slip and hurt yourself. Whether you trip over a broken piece of concrete, slip on a slippery icy pavement, or fall after catching your foot on a torn or broken floor surface, there are a number of ways you can injure yourself simply by walking.

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