Whether you like it or not, winter is on its way. And with the snowy weather and freezing temperatures comes an increase in slip-and-fall incidents. Sidewalks, driveways and entryways can get slick and dangerous. Snow can cover up icy patches that you don’t know are there until it’s too late.
Types of slip-and-fall injuries
Icy surfaces and slippery paths can put even the surest of foot at risk of falling and hurting themselves. Common types of slip-and-fall injuries include:
- Cuts and abrasions
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Muscle strains
- Joint sprains
- Head injuries
Consequences of a slip-and-fall injury
Some of the above injuries can be quite serious. A slip-and-fall injury may require immediate medical attention. Often, they can lead to injuries so severe that you need extensive medical treatment like surgery or physical therapy to recover. Injuries like head and spinal injuries can even lead to long-term or permanent damage.
Any slip-and-fall incident can result in injuries that cost you expensive medical bills and treatment costs. They might even keep you from working and earning a wage.
Nearly 1 million Americans suffer from a slip-and-fall injury each year, many of which take place in the wintertime. While you can’t prevent the winter weather from creeping in, there are some things you can do to protect yourself from sustaining a slip-and-fall injury:
- Wear durable footwear
- Be cautious stepping off curbs or out of your car
- Avoid carrying large objects
- Keep distractions like cell phone use to a minimum while you walk
When can I take action for a slip-and-fall injury?
You may be struggling to afford the costs of your injury. If it was caused by a property owner’s failure to safely and adequately clear winter hazards from their walkways or entryways, you might have grounds for pursuing a personal injury claim for your slip-and-fall injury.