Proper Footwear This Winter

A slip and fall accident is one of the most common types of injury in personal injury law. Though a slip and fall may not sound particularly dangerous, a fall can lead to severe medical issues. 

Our role as personal injury lawyers is to ensure that our clients are rightfully compensated for their injuries, but preventative information is just as valuable. 

With that said, We’d like to share some info in the hope that you’ll enjoy a holiday season free from slips and tumbles. One of the most effective ways to avoid a damaging fall is to wear winter-ready boots. During the colder times of the year, appropriate footwear is your friend.

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Proper winter footwear

According to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) the majority of slip and falls happen ‘on the same level’, meaning they occur on walking surfaces. These types of falls typically occur because there isn’t enough traction between footwear and surface, resulting in a sudden slip. 

Wearing boots in the snow may sound like a no-brainer, but boots that are qualified to handle icy walkways and harsh snow amounts are a must-have in Atlantic Canada, and that necessity shouldn’t be taken lightly.

In terms of qualifications, look for winter boots that are waterproof, and have an all-rubber non-slip tread. Comfort is also very important. A fatigued foot isunable to break a fast-falling movement.

Other appropriate gear options include ice grippers and walking poles based on your environment. Grippers are attached to the underside of your footwear, and sport metal teeth that sink into ice and snow, providing extra traction. Be cautious of walking on smooth surfaces though - those teeth can be slippery when walking inside!

Walking/ skiing poles help to stabilize you when traversing harsher winter conditions. Specialized walking canes with retractable ice tips, and orthopaedic handles that reduce wrist fatigue are all on your side as you face the cold.

What to do if you’ve been injured in a slip and fall this winter

We hope our tips steer you clear of injury this winter, but if an accident does occur, we’re hear to help. Don’t hesitate to contact us here or call 1-888-434-0398 for a free consultation. For more information on slip and falls, consult our resources below. 

Resources:

CCOHS

Canadian Safety Council

Nova Scotia Winter Maintenance and Road Safety Tips