Running errands can be hazardous in the winter. Even after a storm passes, ice, snow and slush create slick surfaces that can result in a catastrophic fall injury.
Review these safety tips to avoid a fall and find out what to do next if you do experience this type of injury.
Avoiding fall injury
Be especially careful when entering or exiting a vehicle. Make sure the ground is dry and free of ice before you step down. Wear shoes with traction, such as boots or sneakers, and avoid sandals or heels.
Give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination since rushing can contribute to a fall. Walk slowly and use a wide-legged stance to enhance balance.
Knowing your risk factors can also help you stay safe. You are more likely to fall if you are older than 65, have fallen before, take more than one medication or have a chronic health condition. Use mobility aids or ask for help from a family member if you need it.
Seeking legal compensation
Falls commonly cause broken bones, most often ankle, arm, wrist or hip fractures. Many people also experience traumatic brain injuries from slipping and falling on ice. If you experience a catastrophic injury, you may have a premises liability claim against the property owner.
In New Jersey, you can file this type of lawsuit when negligence contributed to your accident. For example, you may have a case if a shopping center failed to clear ice and snow from its parking area. You must file a premises liability claim within two years of the injury.