Winter is coming, and with it comes the risk of slip and fall accidents that can result in serious personal injuries. Doctors are warning pedestrians, especially the elderly, to be extra cautious while walking during the season.
Atlanta sees more than its share of snowy, wet and icy conditions during winter, and these can provide ideal conditions for a slip and fall accident. Sidewalks and paths can be covered with black ice that may be invisible, but treacherous enough to cause a fall.
What is the best thing you could do to prevent a slip and fall accident this winter? The answer is surprisingly – walk like a penguin. Slip and fall safety experts say that walking with short, slow steps is the ideal walking pace to prevent a slip and fall accident this winter. Use heavy, weighted steps and be aware of your surroundings at all times. Avoid walking fast even if the path ahead seems safe and free of ice. Avoid taking long strides that can make it hard for you to prevent a fall.
Slip and Fall safety experts say that you should try to cushion yourself to reduce the impact of the fall. If you are right – handed, then try to fall on your left. Try grabbing onto something like a ledge that can break your fall. Lowering yourself and breaking speed as you fall can reduce the severity of your injuries. Try to protect your head as you fall. Head injuries can be really serious and can be some of the most hard -to- treat injuries in a slip and fall accident. Tucking your head can help protect your skull in the event of a fall.
You should never be texting or otherwise distracted while walking during any time of the year, but it is even more important for you to be 100% focused on the task of walking during winter. The risks of a slip and fall are simply too great and the kind of injuries that result from falls are simply too serious for you to be distracted.
Emergency rooms around Georgia are already seeing an increase in the number of people suffering slip and fall accidents as conditions become wetter and more slippery. Most of these accidents will result in fractures and other injuries that can be treated. In some cases, however, injuries can include spinal injuries, head injuries and other injuries that can even result in paralysis or death.
The Atlanta slip and fall accident lawyers at Katz Personal Injury Lawyers are dedicated to the representation of persons who have suffered injuries in slip and fall accidents in the metro Atlanta region and across the state of Georgia. If you or a loved one have suffered injuries in a fall accident, talk to an attorney at our firm, and discuss your legal options for a claim for damages. You may qualify for compensation that includes medical expenses, lost income and other forms of damages. Talk to a lawyer at our firm and discuss your case. Initial consultations are free .