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Accidents in public spaces: recovering and managing the after-effects

Accidents in a public place sound like a genuine nightmare. Not only do you get injured when you’re far from home, it also can happen in front of other people, leaving you embarrassed. It’s normal to feel angry and upset that something like this happened to you, but after the initial shock has dissipated, it’s important to start the recovery process. Although having an accident can sound like something that’s not all that difficult to overcome, it can be more challenging than you imagine, particularly if the injuries you sustain are significant. 

Here are some of the aspects you should have in mind in case of an accident, so you don’t miss out on any of the essential steps towards recuperation. 

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Get medical advice 

The first and most important thing you need to do after you’ve been injured is to get immediate medical attention. If there’s anybody around at the time of the accident, they’re likely going to come over to check if you’re alright. Ideally, you should have someone around that waits with you until the doctors arrive to ensure nothing happens in the meantime. 

While you’re definitely going to get prompt medical treatment for serious injuries that leave you in a great deal of pain, milder wounds are likely to lure you into a sense of false security. However, it’s important you don’t neglect any injury, no matter how minor it may seem. No matter how minor an injury seems, there’s always a chance that you may have internal damage that, left untreated, can lead to serious complications. This is particularly important in the case of head injuries. If you hit any part of your head or neck during the incident, you need to consult a medical practitioner immediately. If you’re dealing with additional symptoms such as temporary vision loss or blurry vision, dizziness or headaches, you’ll need to undergo further examination to rule out anything more serious. 

Some injuries, such as those presenting with internal bleeding as one of the symptoms, may not show any symptoms until twenty-four or more hours after the event, by which time the signs can get severe very quickly. For this reason, it’s important to get a check-up right after. If there’s any invisible physical damage, its effects can be stopped and further harm can be prevented. 

Start a claim 

After you’ve ensured that your health is in good order, or you’ve at least recovered to a satisfactory extent, it’s time to evaluate who was responsible for your accident and injuries. If you’ve established that the fault for the accident lies in somebody else’s negligence, then you should be able to file for a personal injury claim in the UK. Specialised attorneys will be able to help you see this situation through. 

If you’re looking to commence legal proceedings, you’re definitely going to require professional help to navigate the situation. First of all, you’ll need to get a good idea about the type of proof you need to bring in court. This can include: 

● Medical records: When you’re looking to obtain compensation for physical and psychological damage, you need to provide proof with ascertains the extent of said damage. Nothing stands better than medical bills, and a log of your numerous visits to the doctor, coupled with a description of your diagnosis and what it entails for your well-being. This is due to the fact that physicians are not only professionals, they’re also objective. 

● Witnesses: Given that your accident occurred in a public space, it’s more likely than not that someone noticed it. Eyewitness evidence is very important because it can provide a full picture of what happened. You can also include CCTV footage in this category if you manage to acquire it. The filmed accident can count as undeniable proof that you’ve become a victim due to someone else neglecting their duties. 

● Photographs: These include both photographs of your injuries, as well as of the place where the accident took place. This evidence will be used to create a complete view of the circumstances in which the incident happened. For example, if you slip and fall in front of someone’s home during wintertime, it can be because they haven’t taken the time to remove the sleet or ice from, therefore making the place slippery and prone to causing accidents. 

When you discuss with a lawyer you can also get a good idea of the amount you can expect to receive. Every case is different, but as a general rule, the recompense you’ll receive depends on the severity of your injuries. Another important factor is whether you were left with any chronic damage to your health that you can expect to experience for the rest of your life. If you’ve lost your job as a result or came under significant financial hardship as a result of what happened, you can also file for special damages that can cover your financial difficulties. 

Take time to recover 

While you’ll definitely want to be back to your old routine as soon as possible, this is likely going to be unfeasible for a while. Regardless of the degree of your wounds, you should take some time off to recover well. Even if the worst you had to deal with was a simple ankle or wrist sprain, jumping right back into your regular activity levels can cause your injuries to become more serious and heal with greater difficulty. Since you want to get better as soon as possible, it’s not the best course of action to shoot yourself in the foot and make matters worse. Not only are you likely to have to visit the doctor’s yet again in order to get a different treatment scheme, you may also be placed under a longer convalescence period, which is counterintuitive to what you’re trying to achieve. 

After dealing with an accident, you’ll have to make several adjustments to your life. Until you get better, you’ll have to postpone plans you had and reprogram a lot of things you had in your schedule. It’s certainly going to be irritating, but it’s important to remember that you’re not alone in this and that there are experts you can ask for help when you need. 

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