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Minimizing Your Risk of Slip-and-Fall Accident in Cold Weather

Chicago Winters

Living with temperature extremes and icy sidewalks is simply something most of us who live in Chicago have gotten used to. Nevertheless, it is important to be aware of the very real dangers of falling on the ice. These types of falls can lead to significant injuries such as fractures of the ankles, wrists, elbows, and hips. Additionally, falls on the ice can cause potential brain injury.

Reduce Your Risk

Although complete avoidance of ice and snow in the winter is impossible, there are some things that can help you to reduce your risk of falling. The most important tip to help you stay safe in every situation, winter weather included, is to avoid distractions like your cell phone and pay close attention to your surroundings. When it comes to slippery sidewalks, be aware of the surfaces you are walking on as well as those you are about to walk on to avoid slip and fall accidents..

When walking in the winter, pick areas that are well lit, so you can see any ice that is in your path. Choose walkways that are well-cleared, even if it means going a bit out of your way. If you must walk across an icy patch, walk with short, shuffling steps and keep your feet as flat as possible.

Always wear good shoes or boots with appropriate traction when you are out and about, and don’t forget to take them off when you arrive home to avoid creating wet floors that could cause you to fall at home. Avoid carrying heavy bags as they can cause you to lose your balance, and never hurry. Taking your time when walking over snow and ice is imperative when it comes to avoiding a fall.

Special Circumstances

Anyone who takes 4 or more medications, is over 65, uses a cane or walker, has experienced a fall in the last six months, or has difficulty with balance, should always take extra precautions. Additionally, anyone who is taking blood thinners, has osteoporosis, or any other health condition that could increase the risk of a serious event in the case of a fall should avoid icy conditions whenever possible.

Shea Law Group

If despite your best efforts to stay safe on the icy sidewalks of Chicago, you become injured due to no fault of your own, we recommend seeking legal advice as soon as possible. At Shea Law Group, our team of dedicated Chicago accident lawyers has the knowledge and experience necessary to help you achieve the settlement you deserve. Give us a call at (877)-365-0040 or fill out a contact form online. There is absolutely no risk, as we never charge a dime unless we win compensation for you.