Winter Snow and Ice Are a Major Source of Colorado Slip and Fall Injuries
Winter is coming, and in Colorado, this means snow and ice, both of which can easily cause slip and fall accidents that result in serious injuries.
According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), about half of all slip and fall injuries are to the lower extremities – the legs, ankles, and feet. Sprains, strains, dislocated joints, and torn muscles or connective tissues are among the most common injuries suffered. Fractures are also common, as are injuries to the arms and hands.
During winter, slip and fall accidents can occur not only on icy or snowy sidewalks outdoors, but also on surfaces indoors. Snow that gets tracked in on people’s shoes and boots can easily melt, leaving puddles that pose slippery hazards to those in the area.
One way to help prevent these accidents is to use an out-of-the-way place to put snow-covered footwear, or to use absorbent boot mats that allow people to knock or scrape the snow off their shoes as they enter the building. The NIOSH also recommends having a place for wet umbrellas in rainy weather, so that puddles caused by dripping rainwater do not pose a hazard.
Slip and fall injuries can cause serious harm. Fractures, sprains, and bruises can all take an extended period of time to heal and require medical attention, while severe head or spinal cord injuries may cause permanent damage.
At The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., our hardworking Colorado Springs personal injury lawyers can help you seek the compensation you need after an injury. Call us today at (719) 475-2555 for a free, confidential case evaluation.