Mountaineering is a hobby and pastime enjoyed by many. It can be fun and adrenaline-pumping, not to mention the stunning views. But, like many hobbies it also has many dangers which can cause quite severe accident claims, especially slips, trips and falls.
What type of injuries can be sustained whilst mountaineering?
One of the most common accident claims whilst mountaineering would be slips, trips and falls. Mountains always have a hidden crevice or two just waiting for someone to fall and get a nasty trip injury. However, slips, trips and falls can lead to an injury claim much more serious than a simple sprained ankle or even a broken leg. If you fall on your head whilst mountaineering the simple slip, trip or fall claim can become something much more severe.
Why is a head injury from a slip, trip or fall so serious?
A light knock on the head is nothing that serious. Most people have banged their head on a ceiling or a low door or table at some point. It hurts, but the likelihood of having any after effects is minor. However, if the slip, trip or fall is severe enough that your head is hit hard, then this can lead to concussion, brain bleeds, brain damage or worse.
What to do if you get a head injury
If you or someone else hits their head after a slip, trip or fall whilst mountaineering, the first thing to do is check for any break in the skin, make sure there are no cuts. Also, ask if they have a headache or feel nauseous; these could be vital signs pointing towards a concussion, which would need instant attention. If they do have a severe concussion or head injury from a slip, trip or fall injury, make sure you keep them warm, avoid moving them if you can, and seek immediate help. Moving them too much could cause further damage, so if you can keep them still then do so. Make sure they stay conscious at all times by reassuring them and talking to them, which will help greatly in the long run. Doing this could save your, or someone else’s, life.
If you do receive an injury from a slip, tip or fall that wasn’t your fault contact Accident Advice Helpline on their freephone number – 0800 689 0500 – to find out how you could make a claim.