Preventing Slips and Falls
Slips and falls can happen anywhere and at any time of the year. However, wintertime is especially treacherous. Snow and ice can make traversing outdoors a scary experience. While Florida is not known for snowy conditions, and many people flock to the state during the cold winter months thanks to the warm temperatures, ice can still occur.
When temperatures drop, it’s important to take extra caution when stepping outside. While rain puddles are usually evident, ice can be difficult to see—until it’s too late. A slip and fall incident can cause serious injuries and even death, as seen in Michigan in January 2020.
Falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries. They result in emergency room visits for 3 million elderly Americans every year. Don’t let a walk outdoors turn into a fatality. Learn how to protect yourself and your loved ones with these cold weather safety tips.
Many slips and falls occur when a person is getting in or out of their car. Therefore, it’s important to be aware of this. Before getting in or out of your vehicle, get a feel for the ground conditions. Does it feel slippery? If so, don’t be afraid to use your vehicle for support. Hold onto it until you feel comfortable walking unassisted. Take small steps as you get to your destination.
Wear Appropriate Footwear
You need shoes that provide sufficient traction in ice. Therefore, leave the tennis shoes and flip flops—which are designed for dry pavement—at home. Look for boots or sturdy shoes with rubber soles that provide adequate grip.
Avoid Uneven Surfaces
Stay on flat roads and surfaces this time of year. Steps, stairs, sloped roads and sidewalks with potholes present many challenges and can make walking in ice difficult.
Keep Items Out of Your Hands
If possible, you should avoid carrying items while walking in icy conditions. If you should slip or trip and lose your balance, keeping your hands free can help you catch yourself before you fall and suffer serious injury. If you must carry small items, consider using a backpack.
Be Wary When Heading Indoors
When going from the icy outdoors to warmer indoor areas, be careful of water on the ground. People often track in water and ice from the outdoors, and this can create puddles indoors. Those puddles, if left unnoticed, can lead to slips and falls. Therefore, take it slow when going into stores, restaurants and even your own home.
Contact a Coral Springs Personal Injury Attorney
It doesn’t matter if you’re young or old. A slip and fall incident can be a painful experience. While many cases are caused by human error, third parties such as landlords and government agencies can be liable in some instances. Therefore, it’s important to understand what forms of compensation are available to you.
The Coral Springs slip and fall attorneys at the Law Offices of Barry S. Mittelberg, P.A. can assess your slip and fall case and help you understand your legal rights. To schedule a free consultation, call our office today at (954) 752-1213.