Each year, approximately 300,000 serious injuries are caused by slip and
fall accidents. Causes of falls can be anything from unexpected gaps in
surfaces to wet or slick surfaces. As the Georgia winter months bring
snowy and icy conditions, the probability of falls due to these hazardous
conditions increases. At Jones & Swanson, we represent victims that
are injured in fall incidents, as well as family members who have lost
loved ones due to falls. In an effort to prevent
slip and fall accidents this winter, we have compiled a list of safety tips that will help Georgians
avoid potential fall accidents:
- Always wear appropriate footwear, specifically boots with the best traction
possible. If you must wear other types of shoes, such as heels, we suggest
carrying an extra pair to change into.
- Keep your hands out of your pockets in spite of the cold. In the event
that you slip, your hands and arms can help to restore balance or break the fall.
- When you think you’re approaching a slick area, use your toe to explore
the area for slickness before putting weight on that area.
- Avoid carrying large loads or packages while walking in winter weather.
If you feel yourself slipping on ice or snow, toss the load so that you
can use your arms to break your fall.
- Do not take large steps. Instead, take carefully-planned small steps. Avoid
running at all times.
- Use extra caution when exiting motor vehicles, such as cars and buses.
- Always make use of handles and handrails when available.
- Snow and ice can be particularly dangerous for the elderly, so provide
aid to your senior relatives and friends. Seniors tend to recover from
falls much slower and have a harder time after falls than others.
- Prevent your steps, porches, walkways, and driveways from becoming slick
in the first place by shoveling or applying salt. In the event that your
home or workplace is affected by icy or slick spots, use a sign to let
others know about the hazard.
Unfortunately, not all falls can be prevented. These incidents often leave
victims with cuts, broken bones, and even more traumatic injuries in some
instances. On some occasions, commercial property owners can be held liable
for injuries sustained as a result of winter weather hazards that they
were aware of at their business location. Each case is different, so if
you believe you may have a legal claim for compensation, contact Jones
& Swanson today for a no-cost consultation at (770) 427-5498.