What To Do After An Accident

paramedicWe all know accidents do happen and when you have an accident outside of work it can be difficult to know what to do about it. Personal injuries can not only be painful but devastating to everyday life so to ensure you have the skills to cope with your accident here is a helpful guide to how to deal with life after a slip, trip or fall.

The first thing to do is assess the extent of your injury, the best way to do this is to head to your doctors as soon as possible after your accident. This may seem like common sense but you would be surprised as to how many people underestimate their injury and do not seek medical attention until they have caused further damage to themselves.

Common Injuries Caused by Slips, Trips and Falls

  • Cuts and bruises
  • Fractures
  • Dislocations
  •  Musculoskeletal injuries

Make sure to rest, especially if you’ve injured your back or knees. It can be tempting to try and carry on with everyday life after an injury, but you need to think of your long term health so no matter how inconvenient, allow your body to fully recover from the damage caused by your accident.

Talk to a friend about how you feel about your accident, no matter how silly it may seem. Being injured can be a very emotionally distressing time, so making sure you have a strong support base is going to be key in helping maintain your mental well being whilst healing your body. If you need more information on stress, Mind, the mental health charity has written this comprehensive guide:  www.mind.org.uk/mental_health_a-z/8045_how_to_manage_stress on how to manage stress.

claims1If you have had a serious injury caused by conditions outside of your control you are entitled to compensation. Not all personal injuries are serious, but if yours is don’t feel afraid to seek the financial compensation you deserve, and you have up to 3 years to decide whether it’s the right step for you. If you are interested in learning what no win no fee help you can receive, follow this link to find Claims.com’s helpful article on slip trip or fall claims: www.claims.com/claim-type/slips-trips-and-fall-claims. They offer you a no win no fee service, and provide you a professional service with friendly advisors who understand just how devastating an injury can be.

Sometimes it can feel like it’s your fault when you have an injury, you can feel silly or like you are making a fuss about nothing, however this is not the case. Take control of the situation, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by everyday life when you’ve had an accident that limits your daily living but don’t let it get on top of you. For a complete list of your rights and how the process of claiming works you can go to www.adviceguide.org.uk/wales/law_w/law_legal_system_e/law_personal_injury_e.htm for the Citizens Advice Bureau’s article on personal injury.