Freezing slush is causing slippery streets and sidewalks, resulting in numerous injuries for Wausau residents.
According to officials with Aspirus Wausau Hospital, staff saw about half a dozen car accident patients and at least that many injured snowboarders every day last week. Hospital officials say that is much more than usual, and the weather may be to blame. The refreezing of melted snow makes surfaces slippery and leads to broken bones, according to Emergency Room Dr. Mark Mirick.
"The older people are smart, they tend to stay home because they know it's slippery, so they don't go out for a couple days," Mirick said. "Then about two to three days later, then we'll get the people that go out and fall and break their hips and their arms from the ice."
It's nearly impossible to stand after breaking a hip, Mirick said, meaning a victim might have trouble calling for help. He recommends portable medical alert systems for the elderly.
If you have been injured in a slip and fall incident on another party's property, please contact the Wausau Personal Injury Attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier, S.C. ®, by calling 800-242-2874.