Most of us experience a slip, trip or fall at least once and usually injuries are minor and you can bounce straight back up. However, sometimes, the implications of a fall are much more serious and long-lasting.
If you’ve had a slip, trip or fall in a public place or an accident at work and it wasn’t your fault, you may be eligible for compensation and the money you get could be used to relieve financial pressure and keep the household afloat if you are forced to take time off work.
Common injuries caused by slips, trips, and falls
Slips, trips and falls can cause a range of injuries. In many cases, these are mild and do not require treatment, but some people sustain very serious injuries, which may result in long-term sick leave and chronic illness. Examples of injuries caused by falls include:
- fractures and broken bones
- cuts and grazes
- dislocated joints
- head injuries
- twisted ankle
- ligament damage
Recovering after a fall
Recovery after a fall can take several weeks, especially if you have suffered a fracture, damaged your ligaments or dislocated your shoulder, hip or knee. It can also take a long time to recover from a head injury, depending on the severity of the fall and the extent of the damage.
It is common to wear a plaster cast if you have broken a bone or suffered severe ligament damage. This helps to immobilise and compress the joint, which prevents swelling and further damage. As your injury starts to heal, you may be advised to have physiotherapy to build up strength in the joint and increase flexibility and movement in the affected limb.
Can I claim for an accident at work?
If you’ve had a fall in a public place or an accident at work and it wasn’t your fault, you may wish to consider making a claim. Accident Advice Helpline was established in 2000 to provide clients with an easy, stress-free means of claiming compensation.
The company has a team of legal experts who have experience in handling cases for work accident compensation, public liability compensation and road traffic accident compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline operates on a no win, no fee basis and is supported by TV personality, Esther Rantzen. If the following statements apply to you, you could make a claim:
- you’ve had an accident or fall in the last 3 years
- the incident was not your fault
- the incident occurred in a public place or workplace
- you sought medical assistance at the time
Date Published: October 26, 2013
Author: David Brown