The issue of footwear is raised in a negligence case when someone is injured after a slip and fall injury. Almost always, the Defendant in a slip and fall case will want to know what type of shoes were worn at the time of fall and when the shoes were purchased. The insurance lawyers will also ask for photographs of the tread of the shoes, and sometimes will want to physically see the footwear.
Wearing proper shoes, especially during the winter months, can make a difference both in terms of your safety and the amount of compensation you are entitled to. Good winter boots with thick tread on the bottom will reduce your risk of having a slip and fall injury. Further, if you do fall due to a slippery surface and you have good quality footwear on, the Defendant cannot argue that your footwear also played a role in your injury.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when selecting proper footwear.
- Know your environment. When selecting footwear, it is important to understand the weather conditions and how the weather can affect the ground you are walking on. Shoes that are designed to be slip-resistant in both wet and icy outdoor conditions are best for winter travel. These shoes however may not be the best shoes to wear in a work setting. There are shoes specifically designed for certain work settings, such as oil resistant shoes.
- Look at the Sole of the Shoe. The tread pattern on your shoe can help improve your safety. Ideally you want to find shoes that can grip the ground firmly. Keep an eye out for deep-treads or patterns with a lot of voids.
- Be aware of the limitations. No shoe is 100% slip-proof. However, slip-resistant shoes help reduce hazards and improve safety. Remember shoes do not last forever. Even the best footwear needs to be replaced from time to time.
If you’ve been injured due to a slip and fall or other accident, our team will provide the support, guidance, and advocacy you need. And we’ll work hard to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact our office today to discuss your case.