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Slip-and-fall accidents are common during winter

While the winter season in South Carolina may be milder than in other states, icy conditions can still cause slippery sidewalks and parking lots. When one falls on ice, the injuries can be mild or serious depending on the fall. Elderly people and those with disabilities can be more likely to suffer serious injuries when they fall on ice. However, there are ways to reduce the chances of being injured from a slip-and-fall accident.

Avoiding falls on slippery surfaces

To avoid falling on ice and other slippery surfaces, one should use caution and be aware of the surroundings. Surfaces may not appear slick, even when covered in ice. Those at a higher risk of injury should attempt to park and walk in covered areas when possible. Walking slowly and wearing weather-appropriate footwear can also help prevent falls.

It can be helpful to carry a small bag of kitty litter or sand to provide traction, but in some cases, it’s the responsibility of the property owner to maintain their parking lots and sidewalks for safety. When one falls on a hard surface, the results can range from bruising and soreness to more serious injuries like fractures or even a concussion. After a fall, one should assess the situation before trying to get up to prevent the worsening of any injuries and call for help if needed.

Seeking help after a fall

When one falls due to hazardous conditions on someone else’s property, the owner may be financially responsible for injuries. Premises liability cases can be complicated, but a successful civil lawsuit can provide compensation for the victim to help pay for accident-related expenses. Victims injured in a fall have the right to consult a South Carolina attorney to better understand their legal options.