Going for a hike is often a pleasing experience. It is the chance to see nature up close and is fantastic exercise without the need to push yourself too hard.
However there is also the danger of what happens if you get injured during a hike. There are certain things you need to be aware of.
A good way to avoiding injury while hiking is to be reasonably in shape before you attempt any long distance walks. It is also worth wearing a backpack with a heavy load around 2 or 3 weeks before you go on a longer hike as this will prepare you for how the load feels as you walk.
If you or a member of your group gets heat stroke then remove outer garments, wrap them in something cold and wet or sponge them down with cold water. In the event of not being near water or not having a supply on you then it is vital you fan them down.
Ideally you should have some form of first aid kit with you. Failing that, any form of clean cloth will do. Place it over the wound for around 10 minutes and elevate the wound.
Spinal and neck injuries
When someone injures their spine you should never move them unless it is absolutely necessary and you need to make sure that they do not try to move themselves either. If it is a neck injury immobilise it immediately using thick towels or any suitable item to hand.
Get medical attention as soon as possible
With the most severe injuries it is vital that you get medical help to the area as soon as you can. It can be difficult with limited mobile phone reception but you need to keep trying. If possible have some kind of flare or signal device with you so in the event of an emergency you have some way of communicating without having to rely on a phone or computer.
How you can make a claim if you are injured while hiking
In the natural environment there are very real risks that people can’t do anything about. Where there may be a claim is if a public footpath or access has not been properly looked after and you end up getting injured. Another potential claim is if there any unnecessary delays when the emergency services arrive.
If you have reason to believe this might be the case then it is worth contacting Accident Advice Helpline. We are available 24 hours a day and we have a team of legal experts to talk to you about how you could potentially get compensation for an injury. For more information don’t delay, contact us today!
Date Published: October 18, 2013
Author: David Brown