What to Do in Case of a Fall
If you have fallen or seen someone else fall, there are specific things that you should and should not do to ensure that the injury is not made worse. Injuries from falls can be fairly severe, especially if the person who has fallen is very old or very young, so knowing what to do is key to ensuring that the victim does not become more injured.
If You Are the Victim
Try to get up by lying on your side, bending the leg that is on top and lifting yourself up with your elbows. Try to find a nearby object which could comfortably support your weight and slowly climb up using the object for support, then sit down on it carefully. This way, you can check yourself over for any obvious injuries or pain and act accordingly.
If you cannot get up, then you will need to call for help. If you have a mobile phone, you can call an ambulance with this, but it may be easier to simply call out to nearby people who can come and help you and make you more comfortable.
If Someone Else Is the Victim
You should follow the same rules if the person is able to get up as for when you are the victim. They may be able to get up on their own, or you can help to support them as they get up and sit down somewhere more comfortable. If they cannot get up or seem to have severe enough injuries, you should call an ambulance to get them checked over.
You should see a doctor for your injuries if you lost consciousness before or after the fall, have significant bruising, swelling or pain, or have any dizziness, shakiness or headaches soon after. You can try calling NHS Direct for more information as well, if you do not want to go to the doctor straight away.
Making an Injury Claim in Potters Bar
If you have had a fall which is the fault of someone else, you may be able to make an injury claim in Potters Bar. You can call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, to get help with your claim. The friendly, helpful team will be able to give you any information you need about making an injury claim in Potters Bar.
You are under no obligation to go ahead with your injury claim in Potters Bar after your first conversation, but if you do then dedicated personal injury lawyers will take on your case on a 100% no win no fee* basis. Accident Advice Helpline have over 15 years’ experience in the field of personal injury compensation claims and will do our best to get you the compensation you deserve, and which is owed to you.
Date Published: 14th September 2013
Author: David Brown