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What can happen in a slip-and-fall accident on ice or snow?

The snowy season is closing in on Washington, D.C. That means that anyone who is walking on the sidewalks around the city has to be especially careful. Slip-and-fall accidents on snowy and icy sidewalks can lead to serious injuries.

What types of injuries can occur in a slip-and-fall on ice or snow?

A variety of injuries can occur in a slip-and-fall on ice or snow. Sprains, strains and broken bones are some of the possibilities. Head injuries and spinal injuries, including herniated discs or bulging discs, can also occur. Your pelvis can be knocked out of proper alignment. Some of the injuries that occur can make the body try to compensate for the injury in a way that can lead to future problems.

Can I be injured even if I can get up and walk around?

When you fall, the shock of the fall goes through your entire body. In most cases, the joints, ligaments and muscles are the parts of the body that generally take the most shock. That means that you might be able to get up and walk around without any issues. You might feel sore and embarrassed, but probably don't think much of the fall. It is possible that weeks, months or years later you might start having problems that are related to the fall.

In Washington, D.C., property owners have eight daylight hours to remove the snow and ice from sidewalks, steps and handicap ramps they are responsible for. If you were injured in an accident on a snowy or icy sidewalk, seeking compensation might be an option worth exploring.

Source: Mansfield Chiropractic, "The Dangers of Slipping and Falling On Ice," Dr. George Bobbitt, accessed Dec. 07, 2015

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