Now that the leaves on the trees have fallen to the ground it is important to watch where you walk, as the leaves could pose a danger to pedestrians. If leaves are not cleared away from sidewalks they can cover up hazards such as broken or raised concrete, or even storm drains just below the curb. The risk of injury increases if the leaves are wet, becoming dense and slippery, making it much easier for someone to slip and fall.
Homeowners and landlords should be proactive in the cleanup of their property, as in most cases it is their responsibility to clear a safe path for pedestrians. Individuals can take caution as well, while walking on areas covered with leaves and other debris to avoid a slip and fall incident. Be on the lookout for large piles of foliage where an broken sidewalk may be underneath. Also be cautious when stepping off the curb as storm drains may be clogged after a storm.
What may seem like a simple bump in the sidewalk can result in someone tripping and falling, causing injuries such as broken and fractured bones. This can lead to a long recovery period, especially for the elderly. Parents walking with children or pushing strollers should also be on alert for anything that may obstruct their path.
If you or someone you love has suffered an injury from a slip and fall on a covered up sidewalk or storm drain, you need to know what your rights are. Please contact an experienced attorney at Finz & Finz, P.C., to make sure the party responsible for keeping the area cleared away is held accountable for their carelessness and you are compensated for your injuries.