Ottawa slip and fall accident
A pre-spring thaw has left Ottawa walkways wet and slushy and sadly this may lead to a slip and fall accident. Freezing temperatures forecasted for the weekend will turn that wet slush to ice, creating a hazard for those who may not prepared.
Slip and fall injuries have serious consequences with injuries ranging from sprains and fractures to brain or spinal cord injuries. The weather aside, one of the biggest contributors to pedestrian accidents is distraction. People are walking, looking at their phones and not paying attention to what’s happening around them. Icy conditions increase the hazard.
* Give yourself lots of time to get where you are going. Take short steps and walk at a slower pace.
* Use the railing when walking down stairs.
* Pay attention to black ice. When the weather changes quickly, dew, fog or water vapour can freeze on cold surfaces and form an extra-thin, nearly invisible layer of ice,
* Carrying too much can upset your sense of balance. Lighten your load. You need to leave your hands and arms free for balance.
* Be prepared to fall and try to avoid using your arms to break your fall. If you fall backward, try to tuck your chin in so your head doesn’t hit the ground.
* Use special care when entering and exiting vehicles.
Compensation for slip and fall accident
Being aware of icy weather conditions, throughout the winter months or after a spring thaw, is important. Staying on top of the weather conditions helps you to know when to use greater caution. Winter presents a number of challenges for drivers and pedestrians, but when it comes to walking on icy roads and sidewalks, use extra caution and be aware of your surroundings. If you have been injured in a pedestrian, auto , or slip and fall accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact David Hollingsworth to learn more.