The leaves aren’t the only thing that change in the fall. As the weather grows cooler and the sun sets a bit earlier each day, changing conditions can increase your risk of slipping, tripping, and falling.
Did you know that falls are one of the top causes of injuries for older adults in the United States each year? Of course, everyone is at risk for slip and fall accidents, especially as the weather grows cooler.
Autumn Slip and Fall Risk Factors
Frost: On a crisp fall morning, icy patches of frost can derail your day before it’s properly begun. Whether you’re walking the dog or getting into your car to drive to work, it’s important to pay close attention to your surroundings and watch for frost and uneven ground that could cause you to trip and fall.
Earlier Sunsets: As the sun sets earlier each day, there is less light to help you navigate your normal routine. You might slip on a wet surface or a slippery pile of leaves that is harder to notice after dark.
Wet Walkways: If leaves aren’t cleared soon after they fall, your daily path could become a bit treacherous. After a rain or morning dew, leaves can pose a tripping hazard. The tile, brick, concrete, asphalt, or other surface that you’re walking on could also become slippery due to wet leaves or fall rains.
The most common slip and fall injuries include:
- Hip fractures
- Shoulder dislocation
- Back injuries, including herniated discs, damaged vertebrae, or even paralysis
- Head injuries, such as concussion or traumatic brain injury (TBI)
Slip and fall prevention begins with careful attention to your surroundings as well as proper footwear. Look for shoes that have good traction to help you maintain your balance.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to a slip and fall accident, contact the Schuerman Law office today. Schuerman Law has been working with personal injury claims for over 40 years. John Schuerman will compassionately advocate for injured individuals as well as their families while fighting for full compensation of their claims. Schuerman Law offers evening and weekend appointments in addition to home and hospital visits. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 1-800-274-0045.