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Cold weather is expected to drop temperatures in New York to the single digits with wind chills of anywhere from minus 15 to 20 degrees, said the New York Daily News (1.6.13). This means any melted snow or other water on the ground will freeze.
New Yorkers are advised to walk carefully. Icy sidewalks can be a serious hazard when the temperature drops. Injuries caused by slips and falls increase significantly during the icy weather. Weather related slip and fall injuries can include broken wrists and ankles, head trauma, spinal cord injuries, other long-term medical complications and, even death.
The dangers of slip-and-fall accidents on icy sidewalks can be reduced.
There are a number of ways to reduce the chance of having a slip and fall accident or reduce injury if a fall does occur.
To avoid slips:
If you slip:
Weather-related slip and fall accidents and personal injury lawyers
Icy and snowy conditions are among the most common causes of slip and fall accidents.
In New York, property owners are expected to remove ice and snow in a timely manner, and to clean up wet entryways. New York City laws are clear that property owners are responsible for cleaning snow from their sidewalk. According to the Official Website of the City of New York, if snowfall ends between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., property owners have 4 hours to clear the sidewalks. If snowfall ends between 5 p.m. and 7 a.m., property owners must clear sidewalks before 11 a.m.
If you or a loved one was injured after slipping and falling on an icy sidewalk, in a parking lot, or on melted snow or ice inside a building, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer.