If you saw somebody slip, trip or fall, would you know what to do? Slips, trips and falls are usually minor incidents, but they can be very serious and even fatal. In the event of somebody suffering a serious accident at work or fall in a public place, it is important to know how to react quickly. Your first aid knowledge could literally make the difference between life and death. Here are some first aid tips to ensure that you are prepared.
If you come across somebody who has had a slip, trip or fall and they are seriously injured, call 999 and wait for assistance. If the casualty is bleeding, try to stem the blood by placing a cloth or tissue on the wound and pressing down upon it firmly. If the person has lost consciousness and is not breathing, be prepared to start completing CPR.
It can be very difficult to tell whether a person who has fallen has suffered a spinal or neck injury or fracture; if you are unsure, call an ambulance and keep the casualty as still as possible. It is best to be cautious until a serious injury has been ruled out. You should be aware of the correct procedures for first aid for slips and trips before starting the process.
Bruises and grazing are two of the most common injuries caused by slips, trips and falls. Unfortunately, there isn’t a huge amount you can do to help bruising, but taking over-the-counter painkillers will relieve discomfort and applying ice to your affected limb will help to reduce bleeding, which will decrease bruising. Often, bruising comes out a few days later than the accident and the bruises may change colour.
In the case of grazing, bleeding is usually relatively light and simply placing a plaster on the wound or holding a damp cloth against the skin will stem the flow of blood. A knowledge of first aid for slips and trips will help prepare you for these kinds of accidents.
Often, accidents at work and in public places are unavoidable, but if you have injuries as a result of slipping or falling and the incident wasn’t your fault then you may be entitled to claim work accident compensation or pursue a public liability claim. If the accident happened within the last three years, you sought medical help at the time and you weren’t to blame for the incident, Accident Advice Helpline could help you to get slip, trip or fall compensation. Our firm have been in business for more many years and are endorsed by TV consumer rights supporter Esther Rantzen. It is good to have knowledge of first aid for slips and trips so that you are prepared and can help out in these situations.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or on 0333 500 0993 from a mobile if you need to make a personal injury compensation claim for a slip, trip or fall.