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Head, Shoulders, Knees and .... Backs?

You thought it should say toes, but we aren't singing a song, we're talking about the most commonly affected areas from winter related injuries. We can add wrists, necks, elbows and hips to the list. Winter brings a lot of great opportunities for outdoor recreation but it also brings a lot of injuries. From skiing and snowboarding to shoveling and slip and falls, winter can be a dangerous time of year.

Sports injuries involving collisions and falls result in everything from broken bones to concussions. It's extremely important to have proper safety equipment such as helmets. Being alert and aware at all times when engaging in winter sports helps avoid collisions or falls from unsafe conditions.

An activity as simple as shoveling the driveway can cause severe back injuries and muscle strain. Taking breaks, stretching first and staying hydrated can help to avoid injury when shoveling.

Sometimes just going about your day to day business can be risky. Slip and fall accidents increase radically during winter months. Wearing proper footwear and walking carefully and cautiously is extremely important to help avoid injury.

Slippery and icy road conditions increase your risk of automobile accidents in the winter. Leaving yourself plenty of time to reach a destination and making sure that you have snow tires and well cleared windshields can help. Make sure your winter formula wiper fluid is full and that you carry a windshield scraper in the car. Have your car serviced regularly, especially the brakes. Keep a winter emergency safety kit in the car that includes a reflective vest, a blanket, water and jumper cables. Keep your cellphone charged and your gas tank full.

The CDC provides even more suggestions to keep you safe over the winter months here.

Even with the best precautions, accidents and injuries still happen. If you or someone you know is injured this winter and is not personally at fault, contact our office. We can help you to navigate negotiating with insurance companies. Let us take the pain out of the process of being compensated.

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