- We have more than 25 years of experience helping winter victims just like you resolve their personal injury claims
- THIS IS WHAT WE DO- Every single day, we handle Slip and fall cases across NJ and PA. We have the knowledge and experience to get you the best results possible.
- We get your life back on track quickly while you focus on getting better.
- We go the extra mile to make this process as smooth as possible. Let us deal with the insurance companies while you recover.
- We care because we know from experience what it’s like to be injured by a winter fall. We treat every client the way we would expect to be treated.
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Tripping on a icy curb, step, or sidewalk can be frustrating and embarrassing. In fact, people falling on ice or snow is a popular gag in slapstick humor. But ice and snow aren’t a laughing matter, they can be deadly.
Every winter, thousands of Americans sustain serious injuries, or die, slipping on ice and snow. Falling on frozen pavement can result in broken bones, concussions or worse. Recovering from these injuries might include hospital visits and therapy. This leaves the victim unable to work, take care of their family, or pay their bills.
The unfortunate thing about these injuries is that most of them are preventable. Businesses and homeowners have the obligation to keep their property reasonably safe. If they don’t, they are responsible to pay for the injuries their negligence caused.
If you suffered a serious injury falling due to ice or snow, you could receive compensation for your injuries. At Console and Associates, we will act as your PA personal injury attorney and fight to help victims get the justice they deserve.
Slip and Fall Injuries From Falling on Ice and Snow
Falling on ice or cold concrete is traumatic for your body. Slip and fall injuries can be very serious because slick surfaces are unforgiving. Some of the most frequent injuries are cracked skulls or fractured bones from attempting to break your fall. If you experience pain after falling in the ice or snow, seek medical experience immediately. Other common injuries include:
- Strains & Sprains
- Broken Bones
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
How serious an injury is, or the length of your recovery depends on the impact of your fall, as well as how quickly you begin treatment.
How Do I Know if I Have a Slip & Fall Claim?The outcome of a personal injury claim depends on the facts and how they’re presented. Even two similar-seeming claims can reach different settlements. While we do our best to answer some of the most common questions here, the fastest way to know if you have a case is to call. We have experienced attorneys who will review your claim for free. They’ll answer your questions and let you know what your legal options are.
When you are filing for damages due to a slip and fall, you need to figure out who is responsible. It may be straightforward if you are on a residential property, but if you are on a commercial or government property, it might be more complicated. One of the first things our attorneys do is to establish whose negligence caused your injury. Here is more information on who is liable in a winter slip and fall settlement.
There are three main things that help determine if you have a claim for your winter slip & fall injury.
- Comparative Fault: How responsible are you for the injuries you sustained.
- Proof Of Negligence: Did the at-fault party fail to make their property safe in a timely manner?
- Proof Of Injury: How serious are the injuries sustained?
Remember, homeowners and businesses have insurance to help cover the costs of injuries like yours. If they are at fault, it is their responsibility to pay.
Common Questions About Winter Slip and Fall Claims
A slip and fall accident can occur anywhere. Snow and ice can pool on the street, melt inside stores, and even cause injury for your neighbors or friends visiting your house. Unfortunately, many of these slip and fall accidents could have been prevented. When property owners and businesses are negligent, you suffer. Learn how you can receive compensation to cover your expenses and help you recover after you slip or fall due to snow and ice.
How Much Is My Claim Worth?This is one of the most common questions we receive. Determining the value of a claim depends on several factors. Broadly, they split into two categories: compensatory and punitive.
This is the money the responsible party owes you for the injury they cause. This includes more than your medical bills. For example, here are a few things that fall under compensatory damages:
- Recovery and physical therapy
- Lost wages if your injury caused you to miss work or reduces your ability to work
- Pain and suffering from your injury
- Money to cover unknown future medical costs
Punitive damages are not related to your injuries. Instead, they’re intended to punish a company for being irresponsible. The idea behind punitive damages is to prevent similar negligence in the future. These damages are not always available in every case.
At Console and Associates, we’ve helped our clients recover the damages they’re owed. Every claim is different, but we always fight to get you what you deserve and not a penny less.
When you file a claim against an insurance company, they’ll usually make a small first offer. Why? Because they know that most individuals and many less-experienced lawyers will accept it. Their job is to make money, and avoiding paying what your injury is worth is one way they do it.
We don’t accept those offers because you deserve better. Below are some Ice & Snow injury claim settlements we won. Disclaimer: Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances:
There are several other examples of slip and fall settlements in Philadelphia, Greater Philadelphia, and New Jersey. While your ice-related slip and fall case might not make headlines like these lawsuits, you can use them as examples to better understand the pain and suffering that people experience when businesses are negligent.
How much is your claim worth? The only way to find out is to call. Disclaimer: Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances.
What To Do After An AccidentIf you’re the victim of a slip and fall, knowing that to do next is important. The first step is to look after your injuries. After that, make sure to take the following steps so that you can hold the negligent party responsible.
Attorneys For Your Winter Slip & Fall Claim
Slipping on the ice or snow can cause long-lasting injuries. From missed days at work to months or years to recovery, it’s a long, expensive journey. You don’t have to walk it alone.
Just because you fell doesn’t mean the accident was your fault. If someone’s negligence caused you to get hurt, they have the responsibility to help you get better. That’s how the law should work and that’s how it will work if you let us file your claim.
We know how to work with insurance companies to get you the money you deserve. At our firm, we’ll never treat you like a number and we’ll always go above and beyond for you.
We have more than twenty years of experience helping victims, so we know that compensation isn’t the only thing that matters. Our team will handle the claim, letting you focus on recovering. We’ll work with your doctors to get your bills paid. Once we win, we’ll help you negotiate any bills you have so you can keep more of the settlement. We’ve saved some of our clients thousands of dollars, or more.
If you’re not sure if you have a claim or not, call us. The law can be confusing to figure out on your own, but we’ll be happy to walk you through it. The call is free, and if we decide to take on your case there’s still no cost for you until you win. Talking to us is financially risk-free. With nothing to lose and everything to gain, why not give us a call today?
Disclaimer: Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances
Strains & Sprains
One of the most common types of injuries, you’re particularly vulnerable to when you fall in the winter. Losing your balance means your limbs might flail around in unexpected ways. This sudden movement increases the chance of a muscle or ligament strain.
The accident might also cause you to hyper-extend and twist your joints before you fall on them. This puts more strain on your muscles and can lead to your knee, hip, or shoulder popping out of joint or more serious injuries.
Fractures & Broken Bones
Fracturing or breaking a bone due to a slip and fall is more common than you might think. While they mainly track indoor falls, the National Floor Safety Institute estimates that 1 out of every 20 falls result in a fracture. When you add in the unpredictability of ice and snow, that number can be far higher.
As you get older, your risk of a fracture from falling increases. Someone who falls at 85 is 10 to 15 times more likely to fracture their hip during a fall than someone who is 65 or younger.
The long term effects of a fracture also get worse with age. Even “routine” fractures become life-altering. One in every two adults over the age of 65 who fracture their hip in a fall never make a full recovery. Even with therapy, they may be unable to care for themselves or live independently.
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
An unexpected fall in the winter can also lead to serious brain injury or trauma. The strain it puts on your body is like what happens to football players, but you don’t have a helmet for protection. Brain injuries can lead to headaches, short term memory loss, and even changes in personality.
Traumatic brain injury can alter the lives of victims of any age, but it is particularly devastating as you get older. Victims over the age of 65 have a higher risk of spinal chord injuries due to their lower bone density.
The Long Term Cost Of Slip & Fall Injuries
The physical injuries you receive after a call have immediate consequences. The pain hopefully fades with time, but the financial and personal impact can last far longer.
Depending on how serious your injury is, you might find yourself facing mounting medical bills. Not only do these include your trip to the hospital, but the ongoing therapy and medication as well. These bills can extend for months or years. If your accident is really serious, you might have bills for the rest of your life.
Not only can an icy slip cost you money, but it could reduce your income as well. You might have to take time off or work reduced hours as you recover. For serious injuries, you might lose your job or be unable to work entirely.
Long-term pain from a fall can make everyday tasks, like sitting in an office chair, unbearable. Even if you’re able to still work, it might mean taking a lower-paying job.
How long it takes you to recover from your slip and fall injury depends on several factors, including:
- Age: Older victims usually require a longer time to recover for the same injuries
- Overall Health: If you have a chronic illness or disability before your injury, it could impact your recovery time
- Assistance: Having a strong support network of friends, family and professional staff can make getting back on your feet easier
- Injury Severity: The seriousness of your accident will have a large impact on your recovery time.For some more minor injuries like sprains and strains, you could be back on your feet in just a few days. For fractures and broken bones, a full recovery could take a few months. And for serious impacts to your head, spine, or pelvis, you may find yourself facing a recovery period measured in years rather than days or weeks.
If someone caused your accident, they should help pay for your recovery. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you get the compensation you deserve.Return to Contact Console and Associates