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What are the most common injuries that happen in February?

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

As we navigate through the winter, February brings with it a unique blend of seasonal challenges and activities that, unfortunately, result in a spike of specific injuries. In Los Angeles and beyond, the colder months can alter our daily routines and leisure activities, leading to potential risks not as prevalent at other times of the year. At J&Y Law Firm, we recognize the importance of being aware of these seasonal hazards to better protect ourselves and our loved ones. 

From the icy slips that accompany a rare Los Angeles cold snap to the more common winter sports injuries that occur during trips to snow-capped mountains, February’s cooler conditions demand our attention and caution. 

This article aims to shed light on the most common injuries that occur in February, offering insights into how these incidents happen and providing practical advice on prevention. Whether you’re braving the elements or enjoying winter sports, understanding these risks is the first step toward a safer, injury-free month.

What are the most common injuries that occur in February?

February, often characterized by cold weather in many parts of the Northern Hemisphere, can lead to a unique set of injuries. While the specific injuries can vary based on geographic location, activity levels, and weather conditions, here are some of the most common injuries that tend to occur during this month:

Slips and Falls on Ice

With February typically being a cold month in many places, ice accumulation on sidewalks, driveways, and public spaces increases the risk of slips and falls. These incidents can lead to a range of injuries, from minor bruises and sprains to more serious fractures and head injuries.

Winter Sports Injuries

Winter sports such as skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, and sledding are popular February activities. Common injuries from these activities include sprains, fractures, dislocations, and concussions. Knee injuries (such as ACL tears) are particularly common in skiing and snowboarding.

Hypothermia and Frostbite

Exposure to cold temperatures can lead to hypothermia and frostbite, especially in parts of the world where February is the peak of winter. Frostbite most commonly affects the fingers, toes, nose, ears, cheeks, and chin, while hypothermia occurs when the body loses heat faster than it can produce it, affecting the body’s core functions.

Overexertion from Shoveling Snow

Shoveling snow can be a strenuous activity that leads to overexertion and related injuries. Common issues include back injuries, heart-related problems (due to the combination of cold weather and physical exertion), and muscle strains.

Car Accidents Due to Poor Weather Conditions

Snow, ice, and reduced visibility can make driving conditions hazardous in February. This leads to an increase in motor vehicle accidents, which can cause a variety of injuries, from whiplash and soft tissue injuries to more severe trauma.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

During the colder months, there’s an increased use of heating systems, which raises the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning in poorly ventilated or inadequately heated homes. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that can cause sudden illness and death if inhaled.

Burns from Heaters and Fires

The use of space heaters, fireplaces, and wood stoves to stay warm during February can lead to burns and fire-related injuries. These incidents often occur due to direct contact with the heat source or from accidental fires.

Understanding these common injuries can help individuals take preventive measures, such as wearing appropriate footwear, engaging safely in winter sports, ensuring proper heating system maintenance, and driving cautiously during adverse weather conditions.

A time in history when Los Angeles, Ca had icy conditions

While Los Angeles, California, is renowned for its generally warm climate, it has experienced cold snaps that brought unusually low temperatures and even frost or ice to some areas. A notable example occurred in December 1989, when a significant cold wave hit Southern California. This event brought record low temperatures to various parts of the region, including Los Angeles. The National Weather Service reported that downtown Los Angeles experienced temperatures dropping to around 30 degrees Fahrenheit (-1 degree Celsius), which is well below the average for the area.

During this cold snap, areas in and around Los Angeles saw frost and, in some cases, ice, particularly in the early morning hours when temperatures were at their lowest. This unusual weather affected local agriculture, water pipes, and even led to some road closures due to ice in the higher elevations around the city, such as the mountain passes and the outskirts where elevation begins to rise.

Such instances, though rare, remind residents of Los Angeles that they are not entirely immune to the effects of cold weather. These events can bring about the need for precautions against frostbite, hypothermia, and the risks associated with icy roads and sidewalks, even in a place as typically warm as Los Angeles.

Number 1 most common injury of February

As we previously mentioned, slips and falls turn out to be the number one most common injury that occurs in February. As you can tell us Californians are not fully exempt from these conditions, as they may be rare, there are instances in history of cold snaps occuring. Let’s finish out this article by giving more information into the topic of winter time slips and falls.

Winter time slips and falls, particularly in February, can be quite common in areas experiencing cold weather and snowfall. This period often sees a high incidence of injuries due to icy conditions that make sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, and other pedestrian areas treacherously slippery. February, being one of the coldest months of the year in many places, contributes to these conditions with frequent cycles of thawing and refreezing. This cycle can make it difficult to maintain clear and safe walking surfaces despite efforts to salt or sand them.

Examples and Information on Winter Slips and Falls in February:

  1. Increased Emergency Room Visits: Many hospitals in colder climates report a significant increase in emergency room visits for injuries related to slips and falls on ice during February. Common injuries include wrist fractures, hip fractures, back injuries, and concussions.
  2. Litigation Cases: There are numerous cases where individuals have sued property owners for failing to adequately clear ice and snow from their premises, leading to serious injuries. These cases often emphasize the property owner’s duty to ensure safe conditions for pedestrians.
  3. High-Risk Groups: Elderly individuals and those with mobility issues are at a particularly high risk of falling and sustaining serious injuries during icy conditions. Such incidents can lead to prolonged hospital stays and a significant impact on the quality of life.
  4. Workplace Injuries: Workplaces located in regions prone to winter weather see a rise in worker’s compensation claims due to slips and falls on ice, especially in outdoor occupations or those requiring transit between buildings.
  5. Example Incident: In February 2015, a widespread ice storm in the Northeastern United States led to thousands of reported falls, including a notable incident where a pedestrian in Boston suffered a severe head injury after slipping on an untreated sidewalk. This event highlighted the dangers of icy conditions and the importance of city services and property owners in maintaining safe walkways.
  6. Preventive Measures: Following incidents of widespread falls, many cities and municipalities increase their efforts to clear ice from public walkways and encourage property owners to do the same. Additionally, public health campaigns often promote the use of appropriate footwear with better traction and the distribution of salt or sand to residents to mitigate the risk of falls.

Winter slips and falls, particularly in the icy month of February, represent a significant public health concern in colder regions. They underscore the importance of proactive measures by individuals, property owners, and local governments to prevent these common but potentially severe injuries.


As we navigate the challenges and joys that February brings, it’s clear that this month, with its unique blend of cold weather and seasonal activities, carries specific risks for injuries. From the icy slips on sidewalks to the thrilling yet perilous slopes of winter sports, understanding these common injuries is crucial for prevention and preparedness. 

At J&Y Law Firm in Los Angeles, CA, we emphasize the importance of safety and awareness, whether you’re experiencing the rare chill in our city or venturing into colder climates. Remember, taking proactive steps to mitigate risks, such as wearing appropriate footwear, engaging in winter sports with caution, and staying informed about weather conditions, can make a significant difference in enjoying the month safely. 

Should you find yourself or a loved one affected by a February injury, know that legal options and support are available to help navigate the aftermath. Should you find yourself in need of legal assistance due to icy weather, remember that our experienced team of personal injury lawyers are here to help you navigate through your legal rights and options. 

Call us toll free anytime at 323-202-2305 if you have been injured due to no fault of your own. Stay safe, stay informed, and let’s embrace the winter season with care and caution.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.