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    Five most common injuries caused by falls in a public place


    Slips, trips and falls are the most common types of public place accident and hence cause the most common injuries. If you’ve tripped or fallen in a public place and you have suffered injuries as a result, you may be able to claim compensation.

    Most of us experience a slip, trip or fall at least once in a lifetime. In the majority of cases, injuries are minor and do not require any formal treatment, but sometimes falls can cause long-term injuries, severe pain and further complications. Here are 5 of the most common injuries caused by slips, trips and falls in a public place:

    Slip, trip or fall injuries:

    Broken bones

    Falls are the most common cause of broken bones and fractures are especially common injuries in the winter months when there is ice and snow on the ground. The most common fractures include the ankle, wrist, collarbone and arm. Symptoms of a broken bone include swelling and usually pain, which can be intense and involve a restricted range of movement.

    Bruising

    Bruises, which are very common injuries following a fall, are caused by internal bleeding. In most cases, bruising is very easy to spot because the skin changes colour; usually bruises are purple, but they can also be brown, blue and yellow in colour. There is no real treatment for bruising and it tends to heal with time, but it can take several weeks for severe bruising to subside.

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    Cuts and grazes

    If you fall on a pavement or you trip over a frayed piece of carpet, you may suffer cuts and grazes. In most cases, bleeding from a minor cut can be stemmed very quickly by placing a tissue or damp cloth over the wound.

    However, in severe cases, where there is a deep gash, bleeding may be excessive and stitches may be required. Cuts and grazes tend to heal fairly quickly but if the wound is severe, there may be scarring.

    Dislocations

    If you trip or slip and you land awkwardly, there is a risk of dislocation. Dislocations tend to occur when you twist your body or make a very sudden movement. The most common types of dislocation include the shoulder and knee. Symptoms of a dislocation include severe pain and a visible change in the position of the joint.

    Head injuries as common injuries

    Head injuries are often caused by falling and they range from minor to severe. Severe falls can cause long-lasting injuries and even damage to the brain, while symptoms of minor injuries include cuts, bruises and swelling. Treatment for head injuries depend on the severity of the injury.

    If you have had an accident at work, or you slipped in a public place, you may be able to get compensation. If the accident wasn’t your fault, it happened within the last 3 years and you sought medical help at the time, Accident Advice Helpline could help you to claim public liability compensation or slip, trip or fall compensation.

    The firm was established in 2000 and has legal experts in a number of fields, from road traffic accident claims to work accident claims.

    Date Published: October 28, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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