Why do people suggest that you sit down after you suffer a fall? Are there actually any genuine benefits in terms of recovery from a slip, trip or fall? Or is it something of an old wives’ tale? Meaningless advice along the lines of drinking water out the ‘wrong’ side of the cup to cure hiccups?
Is it a good idea to sit down after you suffer a fall?
The short answer is yes. The immediate aftermath of suffering a slip or fall accident can be emotionally shocking as well as physically painful.
Taking the time to sit down after you suffer a fall gives you a chance to catch your breath and gather your thoughts. You will be able to start the recovery process in a much calmer state of mind.
After a serious trip or fall, there is also the risk that you could be suffering from shock. Trying to immediately jump back to your feet could make a bad situation worse. In a state of shock, you are likely to be unsteady on your feet. You could all too easily suffer another fall, making any injuries considerably worse.
Also, in the aftermath of a trip or fall accident, adrenaline can kick in. This can mask the full extent of the physical pain of your injuries.
Taking the time to sit down after a fall enables you to assess the situation fully. After a couple of minutes, you will have a much clearer idea of the trip or fall injuries you may have suffered.
What can I do if I am injured in a slip or fall accident?
If you suffer a fall in a public place, remember that you may be due compensation. Owners of public places such as parks, streets and attractions, are responsible for visitor safety.
This means minimising hazards to health before people arrive and dealing with hazards as they appear. Uneven paving slabs, for example, are a common cause of trips and falls in public. Management is responsible for fixing these safety hazards quickly.
Otherwise, they could be liable for any injuries suffered. So, if you are hurt in a trip accident caused by negligence, call Accident Advice Helpline. Our expert lawyers work on a 100% no-win, no-fee* basis. They also settle the vast majority of cases out of court.
Dial 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles.
Date Published: May 2, 2017
Author: Accident Advice