Injuries Caused By Falls
According to the World Health Organisation, falls are the second most common cause of all fatal accidents. Sometimes, it’s impossible to avoid a fall, but if you’ve had a slip, trip or fall in a public place you may be entitled to compensation.
In many cases, they are minor injuries caused by falls and you can shake them off without much trouble; however, slips, trips and falls can be very serious and potentially life-threatening and if you’ve had an accident at work or a slip, trip or fall in a public place and it wasn’t your fault, Accident Advice Helpline could help you to get the compensation you deserve.
Injuries caused by slips, trips and falls:
The most common injuries caused by tripping or falling over are bruises and grazes, aches and pains and broken bones. In most cases, symptoms tend to be mild and they subside quickly, but serious falls can cause much more severe injuries and they may result in permanent damage, disability and long-term sick leave.
More severe injuries caused by falls include concussion, dislocation of the joints, strains and sprains, spinal injuries and serious fractures.
Spotting the signs of injury
If you suffer a fall in a public place or you have an accident at work, it is likely that you will know straightaway if you have injured yourself. Pain is usually the first symptom to develop, but in the case of serious injuries, a lack of pain may be equally alarming, as this indicates damage to the nerves.
Symptoms of a fracture include severe pain and inflammation around the affected bone and there may be a change in the appearance of the limb; in severe cases, when the fracture is open- compound-, you may be able to see the bone through the skin.
Bruising and swelling are very easy to spot, but inflammation can mask other symptoms. If you fall and you are in a lot of pain, it is important to avoid moving the injured part of your body and to seek medical attention.
Can I make a claim?
If you have had an accident or a fall within the last 3 years and it wasn’t your fault you may be able to make a work accident claim or pursue public liability compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline deals with hundreds of cases every year with a team of specialists in car crash claims, repetitive strain injury compensation and work accident claims on hand to make the claims process as simple and stress-free as possible.
Date Published: October 24, 2013
Author: David Brown