Expert compensation lawyers London do not spend their time dealing with major injuries from serious accidents. Of course these happen, and a small part of the work is dedicated to handling these cases. However, one of the most common accident types that they deal with are slips, trips and falls.
Expert compensation lawyers in London generally help two groups of people who have suffered a slip, trip or fall that is not their own fault — firstly, people who have had a slip, trip or fall in a public area such as a shop, restaurant, the street or a car park; and secondly, workers who have had a slip, trip or fall at work.
Falls in public places
It is very embarrassing to suffer a fall in a public place and the natural reaction is to leap up and carry on walking hoping that no one has seen us! However, this is not really the best thing to do. First of all, take a few moments to gather your thoughts and assess how you are feeling. Many people feel dizzy and confused after a fall, so it is not a good idea to rush off as you may get hurt further. If you are able to sit up, then do this and give yourself some time to recover.
If someone offers assistance, accept it. It is a good idea to have someone help you at this stage. It is especially useful if this person saw you fall, because they will have an idea about how the accident happened.
Sign of a fractured bone
Check to see if any part of your body is especially painful or is starting to swell – this is often a sign of a fractured bone. If a broken bone is suspected, then you will need to go to the accident and emergency department to get it checked out. If you have hit your head, then it is important to be alert for signs of concussion or a brain injury; the people around you should do this for you, as you may be too confused to do it yourself.
Whilst you are recovering, you can have a think about how you fell. Is there something on the ground that should not have been there that caused you to slip or trip? Was your fall the result of a worn floor covering, defective stairs or a missing handrail? If it is possible to take photographs of the scene, then do this now if you can.
Get contact details of witnesses
Before you leave the scene, try to make a note of the contact details of the people who saw you fall, as these will be very useful if you decide to make a personal injury claim for compensation at a later date.
At any time after the accident, you can call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 for some straightforward advice and support. They will answer all of you queries and tell you how to make a claim if you want to.