We’ve all seen comedy programmes where someone falls over and everyone laughs at what has happened. While it may be amusing to see on television, a fall in real life is anything but. Avoiding falls in public is obviously the best way to go, but is this really possible in all cases?
While we can never get rid of every instance where someone falls over, there are plenty of things we can do to reduce the odds of it happening to us. For example, make sure you keep a close eye on where you are walking when you are in a public place. This will help reduce the chances of tripping over obstacles that could cause you to lose your balance and fall.
Avoiding falls in public places
It’s not just a case of being alert when you’re using pavements and other public areas. You should also keep an eye out for obstacles and tripping hazards when in other areas. These might include schools, gyms and leisure centres and even shops. Since these are all open to the public, some to a greater degree than others, the people who run and maintain them have a duty of care to make sure their premises are safe.
Look out for poorly-lit places where it becomes harder to see where you are going at certain times of the day. Stairwells, trailing wires and worn carpets with holes in can all increase the chances of someone suffering a fall.
Have you already experienced a fall?
While you may have got away without any injuries at all, it is far more likely you’ll have suffered from cuts, bruises or even more serious injuries. Sprains and broken bones can also occur in these situations.
As such, a quick call to Accident Advice Helpline would be a good call for you to make. It will help you work out whether someone else might have been at fault for allowing the circumstances to arise where your accident could take place. This can sometimes be difficult to work out, so make sure you speak to a member of our dedicated and experienced team soon on 0800 689 0500. Our professional injury compensation lawyers could be in a position to help you make that claim, and we’ll let you know as quickly as possible whether this is the case. Make that call today.
Date Published: January 25, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead