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Icy conditions in New England winters cause slip and fall accidents

On Behalf of | Feb 19, 2024 | Personal Injury |

Winters in Connecticut are warmer than they used to be, but slip and fall injuries due to icy conditions still occur regularly. From the first freeze to the final thaw, Connecticut residents must navigate snow, icy steps, wet building floors, and uneven sidewalks.

Types of slip and fall injuries

While the type of injuries can vary, slip and fall accidents often involve the head, back and neck:

  • Head injuries: A fall can result in a mild concussion or a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI), depending on how the person lands. These injuries can have long-lasting effects, so victims should seek treatment immediately.
  • Back and spinal cord injuries: A hard fall can lead to herniated discs, fractured vertebrae, or even spinal cord damage, potentially resulting in chronic pain or paralysis.
  • Fractures: Slippery surfaces increase the chances of breaking bones. Wrist, hip, and ankle fractures are particularly common as people instinctively extend their arms to break a fall or slip sideways.
  • Soft tissue injuries: These can range from minor ankle sprains to severe tears in ligaments or tendons. You might only realize the full extent of a soft tissue injury days after the fall.
  • Cuts and abrasions: Ice and hardened snow can cause severe skin lacerations during a fall. While these may seem less severe, they can lead to infections if not properly treated.

Who is responsible for a slip and fall accident?

If you have sustained an injury due to a slip and fall on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering if the property owner or maintenance company responsible for clearing slow was negligent.  An attorney can help you determine whether you have a potential claim for your injuries.