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.