Often, slip-and-fall accidents do not result in significant injuries. People can pick themselves up and walk away with little more than embarrassment. However, it is not always possible to predict what can happen in such an accident.
What are some injuries that happen in a slip and fall?
Head injuries such as concussions or traumatic brain injury commonly occur in slip-and-fall accidents. Unfortunately, the symptoms of such an injury may not appear for days or weeks. Once several days have passed after the fall, the victim may not associate their symptoms with the accident. Other common injuries from slipping and falling include:
- Hip fractures
- Neck and back injuries
- Deep lacerations
- Ankle, elbow and knee damage
Deep bruising can also occur, and if victims fall face forward they could suffer a broken nose, broken teeth or other facial injuries.
How can spring weather increase your slip and fall risks?
Spring weather in Sarasota Springs, NY, features milder daytime temperatures that may melt at least the top layer of ice and snow. However, temperatures usually dip below freezing once the sun goes down. These two weather features can result in more slip-and-fall accidents because walking surfaces become unstable and unpredictable.
For example, on a bright sunny day with above freezing temps, the melting top layer of a surface may be more slippery than you realize. At night, the melted surface refreezes, which also makes it dangerous.
Property owners in New York, especially those who own businesses, should be aware of these risks and take steps to make their properties safe. When they fail to do so, victims of slip and fall accidents may seek compensation for the harm they have suffered.
Please, be extra cautious when walking outdoors during the spring, and if you have already suffered an injury, take steps to learn about your legal options.