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I fell on ice at work. Who is responsible?

The holiday season has officially started, and as anyone who lives in northern New Jersey knows, winter weather is often not far behind. That means cold temperatures, snow and ice. Employers should be prepared for winter weather and start implementing a plan that will keep you and your coworkers safe from slips and falls caused by winter precipitation.

If you suffered serious injuries in a slip and fall on ice or snow at work, you might be eligible for workers' compensation benefits. However, is there someone else who might be responsible for your injuries? The answer is maybe.

Who could be responsible for my injuries?

This question can only be answered through a thorough investigation since there could be more than one person or entity responsible. Common culprits include the following:

  • Employers
  • Property owners
  • Snow removal contractors

If one of these or another party was responsible for keeping you safe, but failed to do so, you could receive compensation through a personal injury claim filed against the appropriate party or parties.

What steps should be taken to keep me safe?

Your employer and anyone else responsible for the condition of the property should take the following steps before, during and after inclement weather:

  • Monitor the weather
  • Provide snow and ice removal supplies
  • Keep areas where ice accumulates clear
  • Ensure adequate lighting and markings of potentially dangerous areas
  • Hire a snow removal service if necessary
  • Use slip resistant floor treatments
  • Remind employees of potential hazards during winter weather such as:
  • Potentially icy sidewalks and parking lots
  • Black ice
  • Wet floors caused by tracked in snow and ice that melts

Your attorney will review all of this information to determine whether a breakdown occurred somewhere that led to your injuries.

Depending on the severity of your injuries, you might not be able to return to work for some time, if at all. You deserve the chance to focus on your recovery instead of worrying about how you are going to pay the bills, provide for your family and get the medical care you need now and in the future.

Your attorney can help relieve some of the stress involved in obtaining both workers' compensation benefits and pursuing any additional recovery options you might have by identifying any parties who might be responsible for your injuries.

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