One of the few guarantees in life is that accidents are going to happen. According to the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention, slip-and-fall accidents are one of the leading causes of spinal cord injuries in the United States. These types of accidents usually increase during the winter months in Nevada due to occasional icy and slippery conditions. However, many slip-and-fall accidents can be avoided by taking a few simple precautions.
Every year, an estimated three million elderly adults visit hospitals due to falls. In winter, doctors say many injuries happen when people are getting into or out of vehicles. When exiting a vehicle, it is always recommended to use the vehicle as support. When walking through an area that is suspected to be icy, take short and careful steps.
Wearing the correct footwear in winter can also make a big difference. Boots and shoes with rubber soles will generally allow for better traction than basic tennis shoes or footwear with rubber bottoms. If a person feels like he or she is going to fall, protecting the head should be the top priority. When falling, it is better to reach and attempt to stop the fall, or soften the impact, than to fall and take a blow to the head.
Also, property owners can help to prevent accidents by completing routine tasks like daily maintenance or removing potential hazards on floors or walkways. Those who suffer spinal cord injuries in accidents that happen as a result of the negligence of another party may be able to take legal action. By filing a personal injury lawsuit in a Nevada civil court, victims and families could be awarded rightful compensation to help pay medical expenses and recover lost wages.