According to an article written by Julia Mayberry, M.D., there has been an uptick in slip and fall injuries in Philadelphia because of the icy winter weather. More specifically, the Main Line Hand Center has seen an increase in the number of FOOSH or “Fall On Outstretched Hand” injuries.
FOOSH injuries commonly include a fracture of the distal radius, which are the bones at the level of the wrist and forearm. Distal radius fractures frequently are caused by high impact injuries such as a fall on ice or snow. Treatment of such fractures varies from surgical intervention to immobilization and sometimes return to regular activities to regain normal upper extremity function.
FOOSH injuries can be vary painful and disruptive to your daily activities. Slip and fall injuries may cause hefty financial losses including expensive medical bills and lost wages if you cannot return to work. In some instances, such as during an active snow storm, a slip and fall accident may be unavoidable. However, other times slip and fall accidents happen because property owners fail to keep their property in a reasonably safe condition. If a slip and fall accident occurs because a property owner fails to take reasonable steps to clear ice and snow from the sidewalk – you may be able to recover compensation for your damages.
Almost all homeowners carry general liability insurance which covers bodily injury to pedestrians using the sidewalk who are injured due to the homeowners negligence. For instance, homeowners insurance will pay for damages resulting from a slip and fall accident if a homeowner fails to clear snow or ice from the sidewalk within a reasonable time after a snowfall. In addition, some homeowner’s insurance policies specifically provide for coverage of medical bills.
If you were injured in a slip and fall accident, it is important to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer to discuss your legal rights. Attorney, Brent Wieand, has long track record of successfully handling Pennsylvania and New Jersey slip and fall personal injury claims. He will fight hard to make sure you are fully compensated for your pain, suffering and other losses. Call him for a free consultation at 1(800) 481-5206 or submit a description of your claim through the online contact form.