When Dr. Water Becomes Mr. Ice
“I was just bringing in the groceries when all of a sudden, bam! I was on my back, howling in pain.”
“I was standing on the porch, waving goodbye to the kids, then all of a sudden, bam! I was on my back and howling in pain.”
“I have no idea what happened. I just opened the door, got out of the car like I normally do, then bam! I was on my back, howling in pain.”
Who or what is this mysterious force leaving Coloradans on their posteriors, shouting out with discomfort?
It waits in silence, always lurking about—sometimes it’s hiding in plain sight, sometimes it’s invisible. But it can always be dangerous. It’s…ice.
Often friendly as it chills our beverage or blends into a smoothie, ice can prove hazardous when it thinly covers a familiar sidewalk, hangs from the eaves of a house as icicles, or quietly forms right outside the door of your parked car.
Emergency room staff across the country are noticing an uptick in winter ice-related injuries, ranging from sprained wrists to spinal fractures, especially here in Colorado. Some folks may say, “Ice is no big deal. I’ve lived in the ice and snow all my life. I’ve never had one accident.” But it’s precisely that overconfidence that can lead to a trip to the ER. Moreover, familiarity with ice is no reason to overlook a few simple safety measures you can take to help ensure you’re cozied up next to your fireplace at home, as opposed to going through the anguish of waiting in pain inside a local emergency room or urgent care.
Here are some simple tips to remember this winter:
- Wear slip-resistant, sturdy, and reliable shoes or boots
- Use caution when walking upon sidewalks where thin, invisible ice can form
- Try to keep your hands free in case of a fall
- Place a note on inside your car to remind yourself to be careful when getting out
- Thoroughly kick off your boots when entering a building, so as not to track water and ice indoors
- If you happen to fall, be sure to monitor your status over the next few days, since some injuries may not be noticeable at first
Again, these are just a few commonsense tips to keep in mind this winter. As always, accidents can occur no matter how safe you are. If you are involved in a fall that was due to someone else’s negligence, then you may be owed compensation for your pain and recovery. To learn more, call Peters and Nolan, LLC, at (970) 243-HELP, or contact us online for a free consultation. Our Grand Junction premises liability lawyers can look at your situation and work with you to find a solution.
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