A cold front shocked Los Angeles as we rolled into the new year. There was a for the city and county of Los Angeles on January 1st, 2015. That freeze warning will continue on the night of January 2nd, 2015. The record cold for the area was set in 1972 which was 38 degrees. Seeing frost, ice and snow is quite unusual for Los Angeles residents. For this reason, many individuals may not know how to avoid slip and fall injuries on ice and frost and when to consult with a Los Angeles slip and fall lawyer.
The first thing you must understand is that you cannot see all ice. There is “black ice” that is usually not visible to the human eye but it can be extremely dangerous. Many car crashes in the northern part of California happen because of black ice. This type of ice blends in well with concrete or pavement hence the moniker black ice. When walking in an area in which there is water or there has been precipitation we strongly urge you to take it very slow. One particular method of walking is to place your feet down at a much more steep angle. If you are walking along and your feet do not lift far off the ground you are decreasing the angle of descent which can make it easier to slip and fall.
When walking on ice or black ice lift your feet a little higher and make certain you are lowering your feet as close to 90 degrees as possible. This will allow you to avoid slipping or to adjust when you do feel your feet slipping. Something else that is strongly suggested is to wear shoes or boots that have good traction. There are plenty of shoes and boots you can buy that are made for these types of conditions. Some of the companies that produce these types of footwear also make them GoreTex meaning they are waterproof. If you are concerned about slipping and falling in Los Angeles or any part of California we would strongly suggest getting some Gore Tex boots that have traction pads on the bottom.
Those that have been skiing in the mountains of California know how important it is to watch your footing on areas in which there has been snow and ice. Even if the snow and ice has melted it is still extremely slippery. Take the time to survey the pathway or walkway before progressing forward. By just being aware of your surroundings you can greatly reduce the likelihood of a slip and fall injury.
If you do happen to slip and fall remember that bracing your fall with your arms or wrists may not be the best decision. If possible, try to fall on a part of your body that is not prone to bones being broken like the legs or rear end. We also want to make it abundantly clear that you should do your best not to let your head or neck hit the ground or any other extremely hard object. The head and neck are the most vulnerable part of the body when it comes to slip and fall injuries. At the Law Offices of David Azizi we have had many cases in which a client slips, falls and has major damage to their brain or spinal cord. We would not want this to happen to anyone during the few frost warning days in January 2015.
If you have any questions or concerns when it comes to slippery conditions or slip and fall injuries do not hesitate to contact us at 1-800-991-5292. We will be more than happy to discuss what options are available moving forward. The first thing you should do after a major slip and fall accident is to go to a medical facility and get checked out. By avoiding any type of doctor or nurse you may make your injuries even worse. The first 24 hours after a head or neck injury are the most important so go to a hospital and get looked over by a doctor.