How To Check Yourself for Fall Injuries
Autumn is in the air, and that means that ladders will come out to clean leaves out of eaves, repair the roof, and hang holiday decorations. Unfortunately, the change of seasons brings with it an increased risk of fall injuries. If you do suffer a fall this season, the following are steps you should take without delay.
- Don't try and get up and start moving right away. Assess the situation, sit up, and rest for a few minutes. As the adrenaline courses through your body, it can take a few minutes for it to dissipate and for your body to feel the pain.
- Check for injuries. Look over your arms, legs, torso, and hands for signs of bruising and cuts. If anything is tender to the touch, apply a warm compress and/or heat/cold gel to the skin.
- Test for range of motion. When you're rested and ready, try exploring your current range of motion. Stand up, move around, stretch, and pay attention to what your body is telling you. Don't force movement that your body is unready to make, i.e., putting weight on twisted ankles, lifting objects with sore arms, climbing a ladder with a sore back, etc.
- Seek Medical Treatment. Don't delay medical treatment for potentially broken bones, sprains, or strains. It's always best to seek medical care and not need it than to delay it and potentially exacerbate your injuries.
How To Get Up After a Fall
Do you know how to get up after a fall? Most people don't, and the following are the steps to take that will help protect you from aggravating your injuries:
- Slowly roll onto your side.
- While on your side, use your arms to push your body into a side-sitting position.
- Cautiously raise yourself up into a hands and knees position.
- Crawl towards a wall, table, chair, etc., that you can use as a brace to support your weight as you raise yourself up to a standing position.
- Kneel with your strongest leg beside the brace and gradually slide that foot forward until it's flat. Then, put your hands on the brace and gradually raise yourself to a standing position.
We're here to help our clients recover from fall injuries. We invite you to contact the legal team at Welmaker Injury Law at (726) 666-6666 for more information about your legal options following a slip and fall accident in San Antonio.