Slip and Fall Accidents in Icy Chicago
Winter weather can result in accidents on the highways around Chicago, but it can also lead to serious and even deadly slip and fall accidents for pedestrians on city streets. Whether you are walking in the Loop or climbing a small set of stairs into a store or business, ice and slush can result in slips and falls. And for Chicagoans who have suffered injuries in a slip and fall accident, long recovery times can mean that you are prevented from working during the busy holiday season. What can you do to prevent slip and fall accidents? An article from Advocate Health Careprovides some important tips for pedestrians who could be at risk of slipping on an icy patch of sidewalk or a slushy stairway. If you have already suffered a fall-related injury, it is important to learn more about filing a premises liability claim.
Winter Slips and Falls Are Common
According to the article, slip and fall accidents during the winter months are more common than they need to be. Indeed, orthopedic surgeons report seeing “an increase in the number of patients who present to the office with injuries from slip and fall accidents on ice.” And it is important to remember that anyone and everyone can get hurt when encountering a patch of ice. While older people can suffer more serious injuries in these accidents, even young people can suffer broken bones and other harms. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons indicates that common slip and fall injuries include but are not limited to:
- Broken bones;
- Muscle sprains and strains;
- Ligament and tendon damage;
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs); and
- Spinal cord injuries (SCIs).
As you might imagine, a broken hip can be a seriously debilitating and even life-threatening injury for an elderly Chicago resident. Indeed, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that falls are among the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries among adults aged 65 and older. And about 20 percent of all falls results in “a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury.” When it comes to slip and fall accidents in winter weather, orthopedic surgeons most commonly see “wrist fractures, ankle fractures, knee sprains, and hip fractures.” Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent slip and fall accidents.
Preventing Slips and Falls in Chicago
In order to prevent serious slips and falls in wintry weather, it is important to heed the following tips:
- Wear hats and scarves that do not block your vision, as it is important to be able to spot patches of ice on the sidewalk.
- Ensure that the path between your front door and driveway is well lit to help you see any slippery patches of ice or slush.
- Keep your snow shovel and a bag of salt near your front door so you do not have to traverse an icy walkway in order to retrieve these items.
- Always wear shoes that fit properly with nonskid soles.
- When the sidewalks are icy, it is best to avoid high-heeled shoes.
If you or a loved one recently sustained injuries in a slip and fall accident, you should learn more about filing a lawsuit by speaking with an experienced Chicago slip and fall lawyer. Do not hesitate to contact Woodruff Johnson & Evans. One of our advocates can discuss your case with you today.