When you lose your balance and fall, much of what you do is instinctual. People may move their arms rapidly or kick their legs to try to regain balance. They may reach out to grab something, hoping to stop their fall.
The very actions people take to try to help themselves can actually lead to severe broken bones and other injuries. Rather than letting instinct take over, mentally practicing how to handle a fall can help you minimize the injuries that you suffer if you unexpectedly slip-and-fall while out in public.
Try to keep your limbs close to your body
Flailing and reaching won’t stop your fall. Even putting your hand out behind you will do little to protect you. All it might do is increase your risk of causing a fracture or cutting yourself if you strike something on your way to the ground.
Pulling your arms in toward your body as you fall and curving your head toward your chest to protect yourself from hitting it can limit the severity of any injury that you suffer.
Try to land on padded areas and roll into a ball
Ideally, if you can adjust the way that you fall, you want to fall on to your buttocks. When you can’t control your momentum on your way to the ground, you can continue the momentum once you hit it. Rolling to your side and moving your body into a ball will allow you to control your movements and potentially minimize the injuries that you suffer when you fall.
Unfortunately, no matter how careful you are when you fall, you could still wind up injured. If you had a slip-an-fall accident on someone else’s property due to their negligence, an experienced attorney can discuss your legal options with you.