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Consider making a claim if you slipped on ice

Fall is here, and it won't be long until the winter months bring with them frost, snow and ice. Sleet and snow make roads, walkways, outdoor staircases and other areas slick and dangerous, which is why it's important for businesses to do what they can to keep their premises safe.

Imagine this scenario. You're walking up to your children's school. They went in, even though it was sleeting outside, and temperatures were expected to drop. Upon arriving at school, a patch of ice that had gone untouched became a problem when your child was caught off-balance and slipped. That fall led to them hitting their teeth on the curb, a trip to the emergency dentist and a premises liability claim for failing to de-ice the walkway despite knowing the potential for dangerous weather conditions, ice and slick walkways.

Places that experience cold weather every year should be prepared for the hazards that it presents. Long Island is no stranger to ice and snow, yet there are many businesses that don't take steps to salt or de-ice walkways soon enough. Failing to do so, even though conditions should be obvious outside, puts customers, students and employees at risk of getting hurt.

Slip-and-fall accidents are normally preventable, but they happen often. As a victim of an accident, you have a right to pursue a claim if a business owner or property owner didn't take steps to keep you safe on their property. Our site has more information on slip-and-fall accidents, icy conditions and what you can do to get compensated for your injuries.

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