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Are slip-and-fall injuries more common in the autumn months? 

While the crisp fall air and the changing colors of the scenery are typically indicative of a beautiful time of year in Connecticut, the change in seasons is not without certain risks.

During autumn, slip and fall accidents can become more common because of a wide variety of factors. Many are due to the changes in weather and the environment, and increased traffic plays a part as well. It is critical for property owners and managers to recognize these common hazards and help do their part to keep the premises safe for guests and patrons.

Slip and fall accidents during the autumn months are often caused by:

  • Increased Retail Presence — As Christmas nears, many establishments are going to see a more significant number of patrons. This also increases the likelihood of drinks being spilled or other accidents that lead to wet spot or slick floors in these stores. Such dangers become common causes of many slip and fall accidents.
  • Longer Nights — The further we get into autumn, the sooner the sun will begin to set. When it gets darker outside sooner, it simply becomes more difficult to spot certain dangers. Many slip and fall accidents involve people walking into objects or hazards that they could not see.
  • Unfavorable Weather — While autumn puts a little more bite in the air, it is also a time of year in which there can be some severe storms. Heavy rain can saturate sidewalks and roads, but heavy winds can also lead to tree branches being strewn on city streets. As winter nears, the ground may even freeze on some nights and slip and fall risk can be exceptionally high the following mornings.
  • Slippery Sidewalks and Roads — As mentioned above, a higher amount of rainfall in the autumn usually leads to a lot of wet walkways. Even when it has not recently rained, it is possible that moisture from leaves can remain on sidewalks even after being raked into a yard. Other objects touching the leaves can become similarly saturated.
  • Falling Objects — Again, this is the time of year when leaves and the tree branches themselves may fall. The branches can often land directly on sidewalks. Residents and other entities have an obligation to move these branches so as not to endanger pedestrians or visitors.

Most people who suffer injuries in slip and fall accidents will usually have property owners or their insurance companies immediately accuse them of being at fault for their injuries. Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers understands that slip and fall accidents are usually the result of a property owner’s negligence, and we are here to help you take legal action to get the compensation and justice that you deserve.

Our firm can immediately negotiate with an insurer for a fair and full settlement, but we will not be afraid to file a lawsuit when the insurance company refuses to provide adequate compensation. You can have our lawyers review your case and discuss all of your legal options when you call (203) 397-1283 to receive a free consultation.


Protect Your Guests from Slip and Fall Injuries by Avoiding Wet Floors in Your Home

Wet FloorWe’re headed into the stormy season, and that means there’s a good chance that the floors in your home are going to be wet from time to time. Whether the water comes from rain or from snow and ice melting from your winter boots, you need to clean up any slippery spots immediately. This is not only for your own safety or peace of mind: if a neighbor, relative or friend is at your home and they suffer a slip and fall accident, you could end up being financially responsible for their medical expenses and more.

When Injuries Happen in Your Home

You know that if someone were to get injured in your home because you failed to clean up a wet floor, you’d feel terrible. What you may not know is how that type of accident could affect you financially. Though most people have homeowner’s insurance that provides coverage, not everybody does: if you own your home and don’t hold a mortgage, you may have opted out of paying insurance premiums. That would make you personally responsible for any claims. Even if you do have homeowner’s insurance when you report an injury to your insurance company you run the risk of having your monthly premium go up. Some insurance companies may even decide that it’s too expensive to provide coverage for you and decide to cancel your policy if you file a claim against them. The best way to avoid this type of problem is to not have it happen in the first place, and make sure that your floors aren’t slippery.

If A Slip and Fall Claim is Filed Against You

If wet floors in your home do end up causing an injury to a visitor, you should expect that person will file a personal injury claim. Once your insurance company receives the claim, they will probably send out an adjuster to hear your side of the story and to examine your property. They will also contact the injured person and ask for information from them, including their medical records and bills. Your insurance company may try to offer a reasonable settlement, but if the person who was injured is represented by an attorney who believes that they deserve more, you could find yourself facing a long, drawn-out court battle, and on the receiving end of a big court judgment for the person who was hurt in your home.

Slip and fall lawsuits are designed to teach people to exercise more care and to punish those who are careless. Make sure that there are no wet floors in your home to avoid creating a painful injury for your visitors and financial hardship for yourself.

If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident due to wet floors, contact Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers. We can help.