Winter in Michigan means periods of snow and ice, and slippery weather conditions create a higher risk for slip and fall accidents.
“Injuries from slip and fall accidents are common during the winter months,” says Thomas McKeown, M.D., medical director of the Emergency Department at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital. “Typically a minor bump or bruise is the result of a fall. But more serious injuries such as a sprained muscle, broken bone or head trauma can occur.”
To reduce hazards related to slip and fall accidents, Dr. McKeown offers these tips:
- Choose appropriate footwear. While no shoe is fall-proof, rubber soles are a safe option. Opt for to wear winter boots or flat shoes.
- Allow for more time during a commute. A slip and fall accident often occurs when in a rush.
- Avoid slippery, unsalted surfaces. If there is no other option, bend slightly forward and shorten your stride or shuffle your feet for better stability.
- Do not carry large loads. Carrying heavy loads or an excess of items can throw off your already compromised balance.
- Be cautious when getting in and out of vehicles. Also, be aware of excess moisture around high traffic areas such as building entrances.
Be sure to monitor an injury sustained from a slip and fall accident. If you are experiencing abnormal pain or discomfort, go to the emergency room as soon as possible.