Winter is just around the corner. Pretty soon, ice and snow will sometimes cover outdoor walkways and stairs. With slippery surfaces comes the increased risk of falling. What many people don’t realize is just how dangerous falls can be.
Injuries from falls
According to the CDC, one out of every five falls causes a serious injury. Some of these injuries include:
- Broken bones (such as a broken wrist, arm, leg, ankle or hip fracture)
- Head injuries (such as concussions, traumatic brain injuries or internal brain bleeds)
- Soft tissue injuries (such as an aching back, strained muscles or damage to ligaments or tendons)
If you suffer a serious fall, you can become afraid of falling again. That fear can lead you to become less active, which actually increases the risks you’ll fall again.
When falls are more likely
You will be more likely to fall if:
- You are older.
- You have foot pain or wear poor footwear.
- Your home has hazards, such as broken or uneven steps and clutter or rugs you can trip over.
- You take medication, such as antidepressants, that affect your balance.
However, you may fall because you slip on a wet spot at the grocery store. Or you could be taking your daily walk and fall because someone else didn’t clear ice and snow from the sidewalk or you visit a friend whose stairs are uneven.
If someone else’s negligence caused you to fall, they can be liable to cover your injury costs. If you have to spend thousands on medical bills and miss time from work because of a serious fall, you should consult a personal injury attorney. You want to ensure you get the compensation you need to fully recover.