According to the 2012-13 Farmer’s Almanac, the Northeast is expecting a snowy winter. Snow and other wintery precipitation can leave roads, sidewalks and parking lots particularly dangerous. For those who drive or make deliveries for a living, caution is the word of the season. Some days even the parking lot at work can be hazardous.

In order to protect yourself, always wear appropriate footwear and try to avoid areas where there is a buildup of snow or ice. However, if you have the misfortune of being involved in an accident while working, there are steps that you should take to protect yourself. First, you should immediately report the incident to your employer. If the accident is a motor vehicle crash, you should call the police. If you suffer from a slip and fall accident, you should also report it to someone on site, whether it is a security guard, homeowner or office worker. If you are able, take pictures of the condition that caused you to fall.

While fault does not come in to play in workers’ compensation, you may also have a claim against the property owner who is responsible for maintaining his property. Any photos you have will show the condition as it existed when you fell, not in the hours or days afterward.

Finally, you should seek medical attention. Even if you do not have any obvious injuries, it is always a good idea to be evaluated at an emergency room or by your family doctor. What may seem insignificant in the immediate after math may be a serious injury.

As always, we are available to answer any questions or concerns you have following a work accident. Our consultations are always free. We look forward to being of assistance to you and your family, friends, and neighbors.

Vicki Beyer is a Shareholder in Stark & Stark’s Lawrenceville, New Jersey office, concentrating in Workers’ Compensation Law. For more information, please contact Ms. Beyer.