A fall of any kind can be a nasty experience. It’s not always possible to break your fall to minimise the injuries you might potentially suffer from, even in cases where the fall happens on a level surface, perhaps because you trip over something in your way. But there are times when it doesn’t matter if you break your fall or not, you can still sustain fall injuries and back damage as a result.
Even mild back injuries can take a few weeks to heal properly. And in the worst-case scenario, you may discover you have a permanent disability because of what happened. That would be very difficult to come to terms with, as some people have already discovered, although thankfully such cases are still very uncommon. Clearly, there will be problems and a time of recovery to some extent however, which should be borne in mind here.
How might fall injuries and back damage occur?
If you trip, you’re going to fall frontwards. On the other hand, a fall from height could see you landing in any number of positions, including on your back. It’s easy to see how you might cause damage to your back in this situation, even when you don’t fall very far. Distance is not the only element to bear in mind here, as you can imagine.
Back damage can vary in severity according to the nature of the fall. Some people might slip a disc or hurt the muscles or ligaments in their back – any one of which can be very painful. Other instances see a fracture occur, and this could range from minor to very serious indeed, sometimes requiring surgery.
Do you have a right to claim?
If you have suffered fall injuries and back damage as a direct result of someone else’s negligence, then yes, you may well have an opportunity to make a claim for personal injury compensation. However, it’s always best to speak to someone about this before taking any action.
Fortunately, it could be easier than you think to do this. Accident Advice Helpline has two numbers you can use – 0800 689 0500 from a landline and 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. When you call, you can discover whether a no-win, no-fee claim could be fought successfully for you. If so, we’ll tell you what you need to do next.
Date Published: November 7, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead