Slipping, tripping or falling in freezing winter conditions is common. Slips on icy surfaces may not only result in potentially serious personal injuries, but, depending on the circumstances, may even kill. Wearing the right kind of footwear goes a long way towards preventing unfortunate slipping accidents.
Foolish footwear equals potentially serious slip injuries
All too often, people ‘brave’ the cold in perfectly unsuitable shoes or boots that are not waterproof and have no grip; high, often narrow heels and next to no insulation. As toes begin to numb with the cold, walking safely in footwear like this becomes even more difficult. The resulting slips on ice can cause injuries from cuts and bruises to damaged backs and broken arms or legs. In some cases, accidents on ice can end in broken hips and even serious head injuries.
Wise footwear equals fewer slip injuries
To prevent being injured by slipping, it is therefore necessary to choose winter footwear wisely. Ideally, shoes and boots worn during the winter months should be reasonably lightweight, but fully waterproof and well insulated to stop toes from freezing. Soles should be thick, non-slip and offer plenty of grip. Heels should be kept low and wide, again offering as much grip on slippery surfaces as possible. Sensible footwear like this will not only prevent slipping injuries in winter weather, but also aid in preventing tripping accidents on uneven patches of snow or falling down wet stairs.
If you were injured by tripping, slipping or falling in spite of wearing suitable footwear like this any time during the last three winters, you may be entitled to personal injury compensation. Visit Accident Advice Helpline online and complete their 30-second test, or call the company’s freephone number on 0800 689 0500 and speak to a friendly, helpful adviser to find out. Callers are under no obligation to pursue claims, and all details provided online or via the telephone are treated with strict confidentiality.
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm with TV personality Esther Rantzen, best known for her activities as a consumer champion, as its patron. Well established, the firm has over 15 years of experience in handling no win no fee compensation claims. Cases like this are handled by lawyers specialising in slip injury compensation. This ensures they are dealt with quickly, effectively and often almost completely over the phone and without court hearings.
Date Published: February 27, 2014
Author: David Brown