Winter brings its own set of challenges, and one of the most treacherous is the risk of slipping on icy surfaces. If you have a slip-and-fall accident on someone else’s property, you may deserve compensation for medical expenses.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly one million people receive an injury after slipping on ice each year. Falls on ice can lead to various injuries, ranging from minor bruises to more severe fractures.
1. Sprains and strains
When navigating icy sidewalks or driveways, a sudden slip can result in sprained ligaments or strained muscles. The body instinctively attempts to regain balance during a fall, often causing undue stress on these soft tissues. Ankles and wrists are particularly vulnerable, and the impact can lead to stretching or tearing of ligaments, causing pain and swelling.
2. Fractures and broken bones
The most severe consequences of a fall on ice are fractures and broken bones. Landing awkwardly can exert excessive force on the skeletal structure, especially in areas like wrists, hips and ankles. Fractures not only cause immediate pain but may also require extensive medical attention, including immobilization and, in severe cases, surgery.
3. Contusions and bruises
Even a seemingly harmless slip on ice can result in contusions and bruises. The impact of the fall can cause blood vessels beneath the skin to rupture, leading to discoloration and tenderness. While contusions may seem less severe, they can still cause discomfort and may take time to heal completely.
4. Head injuries
Falls on icy surfaces increase the risk of head injuries. When the head makes direct contact with the ground, it can lead to concussions or more severe traumatic brain injuries. Wearing protective headgear, such as a winter hat or helmet, can significantly reduce the likelihood of such injuries.
5. Back and spinal injuries
The force generated during a fall on ice can affect the spine and result in back injuries. Slipping and landing on the back or buttocks can compress the spinal cord, causing pain and potential long-term damage. It is important to seek medical attention for any back-related discomfort following a fall.
Navigating icy surfaces requires extra caution to avoid the common injuries associated with falls. Taking preventive measures, such as wearing appropriate footwear with good traction and walking mindfully, can significantly reduce the risk of injury during the winter months.