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Personally, I’ve had enough of winter. We’ve had a whole season’s worth of ice, snow, and cold temperatures. But it’s only mid-February and we have plenty of winter left.

Winter means fluffy snowflakes, snows days, and hot chocolate. It also means icy sidewalks, slippery parking lots, and plenty of opportunities for a winter slip and fall accident.

Wintertime Slip and Fall Hazards

  • Snow-covered ice
  • Melting snow
  • Black ice
  • Icy patches
  • Uneven surfaces
  • Unsalted sidewalks and parking lots
  • Wet floors
     

Winter Safety Tips

You can reduce your chances of a slip and fall injury by following these safety tips:

  • Let business owners know about any icy patches on sidewalks, walkways, or parking lots.
  • Wear comfortable, easy-to-walk-in shoes with good traction. Avoid shoes with smooth soles or high heels.
  • Be aware that black ice often accumulates in parking lots. Use your vehicle for support when you get in or out of your car.
  • Look ahead while walking.
  • Use sidewalks and designated walkways when possible. Use care if you have to walk in the street to avoid ice. Avoid taking short cuts by walking over snow piles or frozen areas.
     

Do the Penguin!

No, this isn’t a dance. Experts have found that walking like a penguin can reduce your chances of a slip and fall injury. Here’s what you do:

  • Keep your head up.
  • Keep your feet pointed out.
  • Move slowly.
  • Walk on flat feet.
  • Take short steps or shuffle.
  • Keep your arms extended to improve your balance.
     

If You Fall…

You can’t prevent every slip and fall. When a fall is inevitable, you can still take steps to prevent injury. Try to relax and fall on your side. Avoid hitting your knees, wrists, and spine.

…We Will Catch You

The injury attorneys at Hupy and Abraham are dedicated to helping Illinois injury victims get the compensation they need to get back on their feet. If you have been injured in a wintertime slip and fall, you may be eligible for compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Find out if you qualify. Call 800-800-5678 and ask to schedule a free case evaluation.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham
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