It can happen to any of us at any time, and often without prior warning. Therefore, having some knowledge of how to treat someone who has tripped over could be very useful indeed.
Firstly, it is wise to check if the person is conscious. If they weren’t able to break their fall, they may have hit their head and knocked themselves out. In this instance, calling for medical help would be a good idea. If the person can tell you how they fell, you might be better able to work out which parts of their body could potentially have been hurt. For example, breaking their fall with their hands might mean there are cuts or even broken bones to deal with. In other situations, cuts to the knees or possibly a sprained ankle might have occurred.
Why might you trip in the first place?
Trip hazards can potentially occur anywhere. If you have an idea how to treat someone who has tripped over, you may easily be able to identify where and how they tripped, even if you didn’t see them do it. If you are the one who has tripped, you may instinctively know what kinds of injuries you might find. A lot would depend on whether you were able to break your fall or not – but even then, hand injuries are more than common.
Many times, trip hazards can be seen and dealt with so they do not cause any issues. This can sometimes mean removing them or repairing them – for example, a raised paving stone could cause someone to trip, and if it was re-laid properly, this would not happen. In the case of an immovable trip hazard, such as a step, painting it yellow or putting warning tape on it to make it clearer to see would be a good idea.
Do you have a right to claim?
This could be a question you end up asking yourself if you’ve been hurt through a simple trip like this. Even if you do know how to treat someone who has tripped over, and you can help yourself if this happens to you, it does not prevent the situation having occurred to begin with.
To this end, call Accident Advice Helpline now. The number is 0800 689 0500, and we could help you claim if you are entitled to do so.
Date Published: June 19, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead