Slip and Fall Season is Here! Be Prepared.
Sure the temperature may say that’s in the 60s, but winter is officially here and that means slip and fall season is upon us. Before you know it, New Jersey will be covered in snow and ice (we swear!). This also means you’ll see an increase in slip and fall accidents.
According to the National Safety Council, there are 540,000 slip and fall accidents each year that require a trip to the hospital. Of those accidents, 300,000 are serious injuries. In addition, there are 25,000 deaths each year caused by a simple slip and fall accident.
You may think a simple accident will only leave a bruise on both your body and your pride, but that’s not necessarily the case. Some of the more common injuries from a slip and fall in the wintertime include head/brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, and severe soft tissue injuries.
Although we can never really prepare for the unexpected, there are ways to protect yourself from a slip and fall accident. Here are a few tips to keep in mind this winter when everything becomes a slippery mess:
- Keep an eye on your footing. Take very small and slow steps.
- Put down the phone and concentrate on your walking.
- Remember to wear proper shoes when going out. A pair of sneakers is not going to prevent you from slipping.
- Be aware of the terrain. If it changes, change your stride accordingly.
And if you do slip and fall on someone else’s property, we’re here to help! Contact the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone today for a free consultation.