Slip and Fall Risk in Winter

Snow and ice are more than just an inconvenience, and often pose serious hazards that can lead to severe injuries. To ensure a safe winter season, the personal injury practice attorneys at The Law Offices of Douglas T. Sachse describe methods of avoiding winter weather slip and fall risks.

Slippery sidewalks and snowy driveways can turn even the briefest trip outside into a perilous journey. If an individual is not properly prepared for winter weather, they could be at risk of falling and seriously injuring themselves before they even realize the danger.

Slip and fall related injuries increase during cold weather as the ground becomes more difficult to traverse without assistance or special outerwear. Serious falls can lead to injuries such as brain damage and fractures. Therefore, it is paramount that you employ preventative practices that will help to decrease your risk of an accident.

Dress appropriately. Wear footwear with rubber bottoms and soles that are more likely to grip the ground. Rain and snow boots are designed to provide increased balance and grip on wet, icy surfaces, and thus are better choices than traditional footwear in the winter months.

Adopt cautious walking practices. Running is not recommended in the ice and snow, as it will reduce your ability to stop quickly, and may result in loss of balance. Specifically, on surfaces you know to be slick, take small steps, making sure to keep your center of gravity directly over your feet.

Remain hands-free. Although it is tempting to keep one’s hands concealed for warmth while walking outside, individuals who lose their balance and are unable to break their fall may suffer more serious injuries. While it is wise to wear gloves or mittens in sub-zero temperatures, try to keep your hands outside of your pockets and free of cumbersome packages and cargo.

Eyes on the journey. In the age of smart devices, committing to walking outside without simultaneously using a phone or GPS navigator can be a challenge. Nevertheless, the more you can focus on walking carefully and the obstacles you encounter as you go, the less likely you will be to slip and fall.

Taking extra precautions when navigating outside during wintery conditions will help to prevent severe injuries caused by slips and falls. If you have the misfortune of experiencing a fall in the ice and snow, the best course of action is to consult an experienced personal injury attorney. An attorney can work to determine if you should be compensated for your pain and suffering.

For more information on mitigating the risks of winter falls, contact The Law Offices of Douglas T. Sachse today.

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