With icy sidewalks and recent snowfalls, it is important for pedestrians to be careful! Slip-and-fall accidents are common, especially during icy weather. According to the National Floor Safety Institute website, falls are the leading cause of emergency room visits.
Fractures are the usual injury that results from falls, occurring in 5 percent of falls. Of all fractures from falls, hip fractures are the most serious and lead to the greatest health problems and number of deaths. Falls account for 87 percent of all fractures among people over age 65 and are the second-leading cause of spinal cord and brain injury.
These types of injuries can be expensive due to medical costs, lost wages and other expenses. If you are injured as a result of slippery walking conditions, it is important to contact a personal injury law firm that knows how to handle these cases. The law firm of David Resnick & Associates, P.C., recently recovered $250,000 for a man who slipped on ice in the street. The case required investigation to determine which business controlled a pipe that leaked water onto the street, causing the conditions. But with excellent attorneys, it is possible to collect damages in many cases.
With snowfall possible in New York City from October through April, it is important to wear slip-resistant walking shoes and pay attention to the surface of the sidewalks and roads!
The Carnegie Mellon University Environmental Health and Safety website offers excellent tips for slip and and fall prevention. When surfaces are wet or frozen, it recommends that you shorten your stride, walk with feet pointed out slightly and make wider turns. It also recommends walking slower and wearing sunglasses on sunny winter days to more easily see the slippery spots.