Slips, trips and falls on the beach are fairly common accidents, which is understandable given the sandy grounding. In addition to these common trips and falls, sharp shells and other debris on the beach can cause you to cut your foot.
If you do cut your foot on the beach, whether in the UK or abroad, it is important to know how to treat your injury to avoid infection.
Avoiding infection if you cut your foot
First and foremost, when you cut your foot on the beach, it is essential that you clean the wound of any sand. This can be extremely difficult if you are still on the beach, as sand will find its way back into the wound again as soon as you put your foot down.
Depending on the severity of your wound, you should leave the beach and flush the area with clean, cool water. Pat dry.
If you have taken a first aid kit with you, use an antiseptic wipe over the area. Dress the area with an adhesive bandage or plaster, depending on the size of the cut.
As soon as you return to your home, repeat the process using warm water.
In the case that the area where you have cut your foot becomes extremely painful or swollen, you should seek immediate medical advice at your local treatment room or walk-in centre. Swollen, painful wounds are a sign of infection.
Claiming compensation for accidents at the beach
If you or a loved one has experienced an accident at the beach through no fault of your own, you may be able to claim compensation for the harm and distress you have been made to endure.
This is especially true in the case that your injury was caused by a poorly maintained or dirty conditions at the beach.
Whether you tripped, or suffered an entirely different type of accident, at Accident Advice Helpline we provide a free initial consultation for all victims of personal injury.
During these consultations we will uncover where liability is likely to lie, and your eligibility to claim.
Getting in touch with us
For more information, and to receive a free initial consultation regarding your fall, speak with one of our friendly advisors today. Call us on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile. Lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for your convenience.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice