Winter is almost here but the temperatures are already dipping well below freezing. Snow and ice are always a possibility once the cold weather has arrived. A slip on snow or ice can mean serious injuries including fractures, dislocations and bruising to the wrists, shoulders, and ankles. There is the potential for medical care costs and/or lost wages due to time off of work. If you have slipped on ice or snow on someone else’s property you may be wondering if you can sue for damages. Slip and fall personal injury laws vary from state to state but if you have experienced a legitimate slip and fall injury do not hesitate to pursue an injury case against the property owners.
A slip and fall injury case falls under premises liability. Premises liability is an area of negligent torts that holds a public or private property owner responsible for acts or omissions in care of their property that lead to an injury. A slip and fall accident that happens on private property is typically a more complicated case.
An owner of a store, for example, owes a duty of care to his customers that he will use all reasonable care to protect his customers from injury on the store premises.
Common hazards that can lead to valid slip and fall accidents include:
- A wet floor without proper warning signage
- Products stacked high on a shelf that fall on the customer
- Broken doors or shelving
- Boxes stacked in the middle of a shopping aisle
- Icy or snowy parking lots*
*In Washington, store owners are not legally required to remove snow and ice that are naturally accumulated but if they choose to remove it, it cannot be done in a negligent manner.
Top 10 Slip & Fall Safety Tips in Snowy & Icy Conditions
A slip and fall on snow or ice can cause a serious injury, especially if you fall on concrete. Winter months can see a ten-fold increase in emergency room visits due to outdoor slip and fall accidents in icy conditions. Be aware that black ice is hard to see so a surface can look clear when it isn’t and that many slips and falls happen on front steps to your house or while walking a path to your car.
If you can, just stay home but if you are forced to go outside follow these 10 safety tips:
1. Walk with slow, deliberate, short steps with your knees slightly bent; do not jog in the ice!
2. Wear shoes with rubber soles or add shoe ice grippers around your shoes.
3. Wear bright clothing and reflective clothing if it is dark.
4. Bring a flashlight to light the path if it is dark.
5. Do not wear anything on your face that could restrict your vision.
6. Walk with your hands out of your pockets and wear gloves so you will be more likely to break your fall if you do slip.
7. Watch for overhead dangers such as hanging icicles.
8. If provided, use a handrail when descending or ascending steps.
9. Walk on a footpath or if there isn’t a footpath then walk on the right side of the road toward oncoming traffic.
10. Consider using a walking stick or ski pole.
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Running injuries are surprisingly common. Despite the fact that it is not a contact sport, it is high impact and actually has a higher rate of injury than many other sports.
Running Injury Statistics
- Runners experience an average of four injuries per 1,000 hours of running. This translates to two injuries per year if you run five to ten hours per week.
- Epidemiological studies have found that between 19 percent and 79 percent of runners sustain an overuse injury every year that they run regularly.
- Recurrence of running injuries is common: 20 percent to 70 percent of running injuries return for another round.
- Runner’s knee is the irritation of the cartilage on the underside of the kneecap (40 percent of running injuries).
- Achilles Tendonitis occurs when the tendon that connects the two major calf muscles to the back of the heel is under stress and tightens or becomes irritated (11 percent of running injuries).
- Hamstring issues occur when the muscle that runs down the back of our thighs becomes weak or tight from overuse (7 percent of running injuries).
- Plantar Fasciitis is when small tears or inflammation occurs in the tendons and ligaments that run from your heel to your toes (10 percent of running injuries).
- Shinsplints are an achy pain that occurs with small tears in the muscle around the shin (10 percent of running injuries).
- Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS) is when the IT band that lies along the outside of the thigh from the hip to the knee rubs against the femur and causes irritation (12 percent of running injuries).
- Stress fractures occur because of cumulative strain on the bone (6 percent of running injuries).
Age, gender, flexibility, strength, total weekly mileage, footwear, training surface, training intensity, sleep deprivation, biomechanics, medications, dehydration or glycogen depletion, and previous injuries all play a role in who gets injured.
The best thing you can do is learn to run properly. A successful long-term runner understands that you must increase your miles gradually and do exercises and cross-training activities.
Many people wouldn’t dream of going for a run alone without their iPod buds in their ears but you should consider the following information in your decision. Setting aside that wearing iPod buds turned up too loudly can damage your hearing; a terrifying study was released by the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine and the University Of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. They found that serious injuries to pedestrians listening to headphones increased by 300 percent between 2006 and 2012 and further that 70 percent of the pedestrians in these accidents were killed. The bottom line is that we are not aware of noises around us when we are listening to music or a book on our iPod and this can mean missing dangers that we would otherwise be able to avoid. In many cases, drivers in cars or trains were sounding their horns to warn the pedestrian of oncoming danger but they couldn’t hear the sound. Lead author of the study and associate professor of pediatrics at the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine, Richard Lichenstein says that headphones should be considered just as dangerous to pedestrians as texting while driving is to drivers.
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