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What is a fall astride injury?


A fall astride injury, also known as a ‘saddle injury’ is actually something that’s fairly common in children. However, it could happen to adults in an accident. It’s when the urethra is damaged by ‘falling astride’ an object, usually a bike saddle, handlebars, railing or fence. This type of injury usually results in pelvic fracture, damage to the perineum or internal or genital injuries, and whilst it can sound serious it is more common to suffer minor injuries. If you have suffered a fall astride injury in a road traffic accident or another type of accident, you could find you’re able to make a no win no fee claim for personal injury compensation with Accident Advice Helpline.


How has your fall astride injury impacted your life?

This type of injury could be minor, resulting in bruising or damage to the genitals or perineum – which may mean pain sitting down and result in a few days off work. Or it could be major, resulting in a pelvic fracture which can take weeks or even months to fully heal. Depending on the type of job you work in, you may need to take time off which can affect your salary. Loss of wages can impact your family’s finances, making it difficult to cover your rent/mortgage or household bills whilst you’re off work.

If your accident was caused by somebody else’s negligence – for example if a speeding van knocked you off your bike into a railing – then they could be held liable and ordered to pay you compensation for your pain, suffering and loss of earnings. But there’s a three-year time limit in place to make a claim, so don’t wait around too long.


Claiming compensation after your accident

Many people don’t realise they can claim compensation for minor injuries, but even if you’re unsure whether you’re eligible, you can get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline. Our team of advisors has over 15 years’ experience offering confidential advice to members of the public, and it couldn’t be easier to get in touch after your accident. Just call us on 0800 689 5659 to find out more about making a no win no fee claim.

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