January means the Massachusetts winter is in full swing, from the below freezing temperatures to sleet and snow making road, sidewalk and parking lot conditions sloppy. While a slip and fall on a patch of ice may wind up as an embarrassing story, it could also result in serious injuries. If the slippery conditions are due to negligence, you could have grounds for a claim.

According to Rothman Orthopaedics, these are among the most common injuries that result from falling on the ice: back pain and injuries, broken bones, concussions or other head injuries, spinal compression and other fractures, ligament strains and muscle sprains.

Although the risk of a fall cannot always be eliminated, you can take precautions that help minimize the risk.

  • Shorten your normal stride, keeping each step short
  • Walk slower when on icy surfaces
  • Wear shoes or boots that are appropriate for the conditions
  • Carry a cell phone with you so that you can call for help if injured in a fall

If you are seriously injured, call 9-1-1. Medical professionals can stabilize the injury. If you sustain injuries while on the job, notify your employer in writing immediately. Even if you do not feel pain or discomfort immediately, symptoms may emerge in the days following the fall. Depending on your condition, you may receive a referral to an orthopedic specialist.

Medical expenses can build up quickly, especially if you cannot work as a result of the injuries. A business must maintain safe conditions for employees and customers. If it fails to do so, they may be liable. Visit our webpage for more information on this topic.