In the winter months, the episodes of outdoor slip-and-fall injuries tend to increase. This is especially true this year, given the heightened amount of snow, ice, and cold conditions that our area of Pennsylvania has seen. This can be especially dangerous for Pennsylvania’s significant elderly population. Older residents often have osteoporosis, which may lead them to break or fracture a bone when they fall, due to the weakened bone structure.
An Erie, PA area website has posted some tips for its elderly residents to help decrease the incidences of slip-and-fall accidents for older Pennsylvanians. Some of the tips found on their website, GoErie.com, can be found here:
- People with osteoporosis should be especially diligent about taking supplements, such as vitamin D and calcium, in order to increase bone strength and density.
- Do some balance exercises daily.
- Wear proper footwear when heading outside. Wearing slippers or shoes with not enough tread may increase your likelihood of falling and seriously injuring yourself.
- Consider buying over-shoe inserts that attach to the bottom of your shoes to give you more traction outside.
- Keep your walkways completely clear of snow and ice. The use of rock salt and/or sand may help with that goal.
If you have slipped and fallen on the property of another, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and potential pain and suffering. This may include cases where sidewalks were improperly maintained due to the winter weather, such as failure to remove snow and ice. Attorney Doug Stoehr takes cases for clients who have sustained slip-and-fall injuries due to the fault or negligence of another. For more information on his Altoona, PA area practice, please visit his website at http://www.stoehrlaw.com or call his firm at 814-946-4100.