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Slip-and-fall accidents can be prevented

The responsibilities of New York property owners and employers increase significantly during the winter when snow and ice pose multiple hazards. They are the ones who must make reasonable efforts to prevent slip-and-fall accidents or any other potential incidents that could cause harm to patrons, guests and employees. The implementation of a well-planned snow and ice removal schedule might save a property owner from a civil lawsuit.

The first decision to make would be whether to use a snow removal contractor for the job or use members of the company's workforce. Whatever the choice, monitoring snow removal and logging the removal frequency is crucial. If company workers are tasked with snow removal, they must be equipped with personal protective gear and training in the safe use of removal equipment.

Along with snow removal, other precautions to prevent slip-and-fall accidents include cleaning up of moisture tracked in by foot traffic and putting up warning signs where hazards exist. Business owners and managers should also keep an eye out for ice layers that are caused by melting snow flowing onto walkways and then refreeze. Eliminating and relocating downspouts and drainage problems can prevent the forming of puddles that can freeze over. Warnings posted for hazards that might be hidden due to snow coverage can prevent tripping. These include grates, curbs, fire hydrants and more.

New York victims of slip-and-fall accidents that were caused by a property owner's failure to take reasonable steps to remove snow and ice hazards might have grounds to pursue financial relief through the civil justice system. Premises liability laws are complicated, and the support and guidance of an experienced personal injury attorney might be a valuable asset. A lawyer can improve the chances of recovering documented economic and noneconomic damages.

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