Statistics say that 1,500 people die every year in the United States due to an injury caused by a fall. Cold weather is probably here to stay for a while in North Carolina, meaning the risk of suffering a fall on the ice or snow will be increased. This type of slip and fall often requires serious medical attention and doctors say they expect to see an increase in emergency room visits for this reason.
The weather outside is frightful
Physicians say that there are several common factors they may see in slips and falls that happen on icy walkways or in parking lots. People may fall if their attention is split between movement and another activity, such as walking a dog or looking at a smartphone. Doctors say that if over-the-counter pain medication doesn’t help after a fall, or if the person notices a change in the injured body part’s function, that seeking medical attention is the next step.
Fortunately, there are ways to avoid a slip and fall on the ice. Taking short steps and keeping the arms out slightly to help with balance, resembling how penguins walk, may work. People will also want to make sure that they are wearing weather-appropriate footwear and do their best to clean it off if they go inside a building wearing the same shoes. The best solution is to stay home, if that is at all possible, during icy weather.
A slip and fall may be costly
Even when people take precautions, a slip and fall on the ice may still happen, resulting in serious injury. If a North Carolina business fails to properly address ice on its property, it may be financially responsible for resulting medical treatment that a customer or pedestrian requires after a such a fall. Those who find themselves facing this situation may want to consult a personal injury attorney to determine their available options.