Most of us have tripped over at one time or another. Sometimes you can simply lose your balance for a moment and you’re able to prevent a proper fall. However, some people are not so lucky. A trip could potentially result in one or more injuries ranging from the minor to the more severe.
For example, cuts and bruises might result from tripping over something. In contrast, if you were to trip and lose your balance, you could easily hit your head on something. Broken toes, sprains and other injuries are all a possibility under these circumstances, as well as the potential for head injuries in some cases.
Preventing trip hazards
The first step in preventing trip hazards is to identify what those hazards are. Uneven floor surfaces are perhaps one of the more common issues that can arise. This could mean raised floorboards, a ripped carpet that has a hole in it, or even a small step.
Other things that should be highlighted include poor lighting, which can prevent people from seeing where potential tripping hazards can be. Cables should always be tucked well out of the way instead of being allowed to trail across the floor for someone to catch their feet in.
Recovering from trip injuries
It can take anything from moments to weeks and even months to recover from injuries caused in this way. If you are unlucky and you hit your head, causing a serious head injury as a result, you could be looking at considerable disruption to your life, not to mention the stress and upset of being injured in the first place. Other injuries such as severe sprains and broken bones may also take some time to heal from after an incident like this occurs.
Accident Advice Helpline has already been able to assist many people who have been injured in the workplace when it was not their fault. If there is evidence that negligence led to your accident, and it happened in the past three years, you should call us on 0800 689 0500. We may be able to help you with a no win, no fee* claim for compensation. To find out more, call us today and let’s see whether your specific circumstances could lead to a successful claim. You never know unless you call us, and with our years of experience in this field, we may have the answers you need.
Date Published: January 25, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead