Common Winter Injuries (and How to Avoid Them)

Injuries often occur throughout the winter months, whether at home, work, or driving. Ice, sleet, snow, and the drop in temperature all contribute to some of the most common winter injuries.

An injury can seriously disrupt your routines and your bank account. In this article, we’re discussing some of the most common injuries people experience in winter months and what you can do to (hopefully) avoid them.

Slip and Falls

Wintry conditions can increase the likelihood that you’ll lose your balance and fall. Even the ground can become icy, making it extra tough to navigate safely. Falling can cause sprains, bruises, fractures, and even concussions.

Walk slowly and cautiously to prevent falling. Make sure to wear shoes with treads and the ability to grip surfaces whenever you’re walking outside. Keep sidewalks and outdoor steps clear of snow and ice. Place heavy duty floor mats in front of doors to make it easier for everyone to get snow and ice off their feet before entering your home or office. Wet floors can lead to indoor slip and fall incidents, especially if someone is unaware that the floor might be wet from melted slush.

Snow Shoveling

Shoveling heavy, wet snow can cause muscle strain and other injuries such as fractures. Cold weather combined with repeated twisting and lifting motions can really take a toll on your body.

Use the right type of shovel and proper lifting techniques to prevent injuries while shoveling. Dress for the weather and wear footwear with plenty of grip to help you stay on your feet. Stretch and take breaks often.

Sport Injuries

Winter sports such as skating, ice hockey, snowboarding, and sledding can be a fun way to enjoy the colder months, but they can also lead to injuries like concussions and broken bones. Be sure to warm up and wear protective gear when participating in a winter sport or exercising outside in winter months.

Back Injuries

Spinal injuries are common winter injuries due to increased odds of falling as well as activities such as shoveling snow. Removing snow and ice from windshields can also cause back issues. To prevent injury, take your time. Watch your footing and avoid reaching too far when scraping the windshield or picking up snow. You can also warm up your car to help make it easier to remove snow and ice.

Car Accident Injuries

Between winter weather conditions, more impaired drivers on the road around the holidays, and earlier nightfall, car accidents are unfortunately common in winter months. Broken bones, concussions, and whiplash are just a few examples of injuries that may result from a car accident.

Follow safe winter driving tips to reduce your risk of being in a car accident. Avoid driving in bad weather if you can and make sure your vehicle is well maintained.

If you or a loved one has been injured, 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.