Safety advice for fishing trips always recommends a first aid kit as part of your essential items to pack. Here is why you should always carry a first aid box when fishing.
Why you must carry a first aid box when fishing
Fishing accidents can and will happen from time to time. You may, for instance:
- Get caught by a hook while casting lines
- Catch or cut yourself while removing hooks from fish
- Slip on wet rocks or on the deck of a fishing vessel
- Trip and fall on steep banks or cluttered decks
- Suffer insect bites and stings
Unless cleaned and dressed immediately, some fishing injuries could develop potentially serious infections. Getting caught by a fishing hook, for instance, could deposit all kinds of bacteria in the wound. Cuts or grazes caused by slips and trips could also be contaminated by harmful bacteria. Even with more serious injuries, like broken bones or deep lacerations, for example, first aid can often be vital and prevent long-term effects and complications.
What to do after a mishap
If you were injured in a fishing accident:
- Assess the severity of the injury
- Administer necessary first aid
- Summon help if necessary or, if possible, seek medical assistance as soon as possible
If your injury while fishing was caused by someone else, you may also want to consider getting some advice on claiming compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline
Established in 2000 as a law firm specialising in helping people get compensation for personal injuries, we can:
- Provide you with useful information and advice on when and how to claim
- Confirm your claim eligibility
- Assess your chance of making a successful claim
- Provide you with an in-house solicitor with years of experience in dealing with claims like yours
- Support you throughout the claim process
In short, we can help you get the compensation your fishing-related injury entitles you to.
To get helpful advice and enlist the help of an experienced member of our nationwide legal team, fill in our online compensation calculator or call our 24/7 freephone helpline today.
Any details you provide online or while talking to one of our sympathetic advisors will be kept completely confidential. If you decide to go ahead with a claim (you will be under no obligation to do so, but we highly recommend it), our solicitor will work for you under a conditional fee agreement.
The numbers to call from your mobile phone or UK landline are 0333 500 0993 or 0800 689 0500 respectively.