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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    What is vertigo and how is it caused?


    Vertigo is the sudden feeling or sensation of spinning, dizziness and loss of balance. Attacks can be sudden and debilitating and can cause inability to complete everyday tasks.

    Vertigo is much more common than people think. Whether caused by an inner ear infection such as labyrinthitis or a chronic headache or migraine, vertigo can be dangerous, not just in provoking a fall but a sudden onset when walking, driving, operating machinery of any kind could cause serious injury.

    Preventing accidents and vertigo when out and about

    If you are eager to explore, or you’’re a fitness or hiking enthusiast looking for a new challenge, make sure you take these pointers on board to reduce the chance of suffering vertigo when you are out and about:

    • Stick to the designated paths.
    • Wear suitable footwear to prevent slips and trips.
    • If you’’re climbing alone, make sure somebody knows where you’’re going and which route you’’re taking.
    • Know your limits. If you don’t feel well and you suspect you have vertigo, take a break.
    • Take a bottle of water with you to stay hydrated.

    If you feel a lightness or dizziness preceding or during an attack of vertigo try to:

    • Drink plenty of liquid, little and often, to avoid becoming dehydrated.
    • If you are feeling dizzy, don’t fight it. Lie down somewhere quiet and rest to avoid falling and injuring yourself.
    • Avoid alcohol.
    • Avoid bright lights.
    • Try and cut out noise or anything in your surroundings that could cause you stress.

    If you’’re planning to scale mountains or hike up hills, bear these safety tips in mind to reduce your risk of being involved in travel accidents due to vertigo.

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    If you suffer from episodes of vertigo you should also inform your employer, as you may be at increased risk of slips, trips and falls.

    Driving is also dangerous for sufferers of vertigo, and you should certainly avoid operating a vehicle if you’ve recently had an episode.

    Compensation for travel accidents

    Nobody wants to worry about travel injuries when they’’re planning a holiday. However, accidents abroad do happen, and it’’s best to be aware of potential hazards before you travel.

    If you’ve sustained injuries abroad or you’ve been involved in a holiday accident, which wasn’t your fault, call Accident Advice Helpline today.

    Our freephone lines are open 24/7 on 0800 689 0500 from a landline, and 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. If you have evidence to support your holiday accident claim, we could help you to claim travel accident compensation.

    Date Published: October 5, 2016

    Author: SM Content

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