Accidental falls have been stated to be the most common cause of injury in Canada by the Canadian Institute for Health Insurance. These often lead to a trip to the emergency department and occasionally the injuries are severe. In 2017, it was reported that 1800 people rushed to ED after sustaining a fall and out of these, 417 people needed to stay overnight at the hospital. Elderly people were the ones with severe injuries while children and young adults were also recorded.
Injuries caused by slip and fall increase during the winter season because of snow, ice, and other slippery conditions. Although the government of Canada tries to do its best to maintain non-slipper sidewalks and other surfaces but even a single patch can make an individual fall down and break a bone.
Most Common Injuries after Slip and Fall
The most common types of injuries sustained after a slip and fall accident in Canada are:
1. Head injury
2. Broken lower leg and ankle
3. Broken hip
Hip injuries happen very commonly when a person falls down while walking but this problem is very serious for seniors because, at their age, they lack the physical strength to completely heal and may end up with a lifelong problem. Complications related to hip injury can be fatal too.
Reduce the Risk of Falling
Falling happens by accident and there isn’t much you can do to protect yourself. Nonetheless, there are few precautions that will keep you safe in the winters:
1. Wear shoes with deep treads during winter to reduce your chances of slipping.
2. Be careful while going down the stairs and if it’s wet, hold on to the handrail.
3. Pay attention to the floor you are walking on and if it’s wet/icy be extra cautious.
4. Try to avoid walking on cracked sidewalks and poorly maintained walkways.
Kalsi and Associates is a team of legal professionals who can guide individuals with their personal injury through slip and fall litigation. They can help you with most types of personal injuries including catastrophic accident litigation, slip and fall, motor vehicle accident and claims related to them. The team at Kalsi and Associates personal injury lawyers strives to protect the rights of the clients while staying committed to providing justice and a fair compensation.