With slips, trips and falls, no matter the severity of the accident you experience, there is always a chance that you will end up hobbling along on crutches. No matter how you ended up on crutches, if you do find yourself in need of them, you can minimise your risk of sustaining further injuries by using your crutches safely, and preventing another slip or fall.
The NHS offers comprehensive advice regarding safe use of crutches, both to prevent further accidents and minimise the strain placed on your body, which could lead to other problematic injuries.
While on crutches, the NHS recommends that:
- When climbing stairs, you operate good leg, bad leg, crutch, when going up, and crutch, bad leg, good leg, when going down.
- While in sitting or standing positions, you should remove your arms from your crutches to prevent shoulder injury.
- During use, when walking, handles on crutches should be pointing forwards, and your arms should be closely by your side.
- Check the rubber stoppers at the base of your crutches regularly to ensure sufficient tread and minimise the risk of slips, causing falls.
You should remain on crutches for as long as recommended by your health professional; attempting to walk without crutches prior to this period can hinder your recovery process.
Depending on whether you have been told to weight bear, your health professional will provide further injury-specific advice.
Can you claim for a slip, trip or fall injury?
If you have suffered injury due to a slip, trip or fall accident, and you feel someone else is to blame for the issue that caused your accident, you may want to claim personal injury compensation for the harm and distress you have endured.
At Accident Advice Helpline, we have over 15 years’ experience assisting victims of personal injury, who have experienced upheaval and distress in their lives. Road traffic accidents, travel/holiday illness, occupational illness and broken bones from slips and falls on wet surfaces; we’ve seen it all, and have a member of our specialist legal team to manage every type of case.
Getting in touch with Accident Advice Helpline
So long as the accident in question occurred within the last three years, and you are able to provide evidence to suggest liability, Accident Advice Helpline could help claim the compensation you are entitled to.
Start the claims process today, and give our dedicated team a call on our freephone number, 0800 689 0500. Lines are open 24 hours, seven days a week and there’s never any pressure to pursue your case after you speak to us.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown