Winter Slip & Fall Safety Tips

As the days gets colder and the ground begins to freeze, the risk of slipping and falling on ice increases. With winter approaching, help keep yourself and your loved ones safe from falls by following these basic winter slip and fall prevention tips:

1.      Check the Weather: Before heading out into the cold, check the weather for freezing conditions.

2.      Wear Appropriate Clothing: After checking the weather, dress accordingly. Do not wear high heels or other unstable shoes if the weather conditions could cause the ground to freeze. Bring an extra pair of shoes or other clothing with you if necessary.

3.      Use Handrails: On stairs or ramps, always use handrails when available. The ground may be icy and you may not realize it!

4.      Use Salt in Front of Your Home and Shovel Sidewalks: Use salt or other agents that will melt any ice in front of your building/house. Shovel any snow from your area way and sidewalk in front of your house. You are liable for the sidewalk in front of our house in NYC.

5.      Don’t Allow Children to Run in Icy Conditions: If you are with your child, don’t let them run on icy ground. Make sure they are wearing anti-slip shoes.

6.      Assume All Surfaces Are Slippery: Be cautious when you step outside your home. Assume any surface will be slippery and walk slowly to your destination.

7.      Keep Yourself Balanced: If necessary, keep your arms out at your side and slightly extended if you need to keep yourself balanced on icy sidewalks.

8.      Keep Your Eyes and Head Up: Looking down at the ground throws off your balance and you may bump into someone coming your way. Keep your head up and look out for what’s ahead.

It’s the property owner’s obligation to keep driveways, sidewalks and walkways clear of snow and ice. If they fail to do so, injuries such as slips and falls are likely to occurs. The kinds of accidents are often severe and can result in serious injuries. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured due to a property owner’s negligence, we can help. Contact us today.

Dear friends and clients,

In furtherance of our firms culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can. 

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, many from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Jacoby & Meyers, LLP