A fall in an icy parking lot can lead to more than just your hurt pride and embarrassment. Victims are often severely injured due to their slips – with serious consequences both in medical bills and lost wages.
What can you do if you’re injured because you fell in an icy parking lot?
Winter weather equals increased fall risk
Winter weather can create hazardous conditions which increase the risk of slips and falls. Snow, sleet, and ice on sidewalks, driveways, and parking lots make the surface slippery and unstable. It is possible that slipping on ice and falling onto a hard surface can result in injuries such as broken bones and head trauma that can result in a concussion.
It is essential to wear the right shoes to reduce your risk. Footwear with a reliable tread that provides good traction is crucial in reducing slips and falls in icy conditions. Additionally, always use caution when navigating any sort of snowy terrain.
However, all the precautions may not help you if the property owner fails to clear the parking lot of hazardous conditions. During inclement weather, they may not be liable if they are doing their best but cannot keep up with the snow and ice.
But, if it can be proven that the owner knew of the hazardous conditions and failed to take steps to mitigate them, you may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. Your fall on their property might result in medical expenses and lost wages; therefore, it’s important to receive compensation for your injury.