Winter is a beautiful time of the year. With falling snowflakes and crystal icicles, there is a lot to take in. However, while the winter weather helps produce these natural elements, they can also create an increased risk of slip and falls, which commonly result in injury. Often snow and ice can be the most dangerous when in obvious places.
Slip and falls are extremely concerning, as the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control reports that across almost every age group, accidental falling is the leading cause of non-fatal injury.
To compound things, cold temperatures often make us want to get out of the cold as quickly as possible. This causes us to rush, therefore increasing our likelihood of falling.
The CDC reports that each year more than 800,000 people are hospitalized for injuries, such as a tear or fracture, related to slips and falls. The most common cause of brain injury is actually falling. The statistics are alarming.
- Each year, at least 300,000 older people end up in the hospital for hip fractures
- More than 95 percent of hip fractures are caused by falls
- One in five falls results in a serious injury, such as a broken bone or TBI
- Each year, three million older individuals are treated in the ER for falls
- From 2007 to 2016, there was a 30 percent increase of U.S. deaths caused by falls
Increased Risk Factors of Winter Slip and Falls
Although no one is completely risk-free from slip and fall accidents, certain people are at a higher risk. This includes those with the following conditions:
- Walking and/or balance issues
- Foot problems
- Lower body weakness
- Improper footwear
- Those on certain medications (e.g. tranquilizers, antidepressants, sedatives)
- Vitamin D deficiency
Safety Measures to Prevent Winter Slip and Falls
However, the good news is that there are measures that can be taken to reduce your risk of a slip and fall injury. They include:
- Keeping an eye for wet floors – especially near entrances and exits
- Assuming all surfaces you walk on are slippery
- Refraining from any distracting behavior while walking (e.g. texting)
- Keeping an eye on any ice or snow that could fall on your from above (roofs, etc.)
- Refraining from rushing – no matter how cold it is
- Wearing the proper footwear; that with heavy tread
The Attorneys at Jones Kahan Law, LLC Can Help Those in Ohio Who Have Been Injured in a Slip and Fall Accident
If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident, it can greatly impact many parts of your life. The physical, emotional, and financial toll can be overwhelming. That’s why it is so important to consult with a knowledgeable and experienced auto accident attorney.
At Jones Kahan Law, LLC, our Cincinnati personal injury attorneys have a long history of dealing with slip and fall accidents and have helped our clients to recover the compensation that they deserve. We will fight for what is in your best interest. We don’t charge you any attorneys’ fees until we win your case. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today!