A bee sting may seem like a minor injury, but in many cases it can be more serious than you might think. That’s why it’s important to get the best possible bee sting injury advice. Accident Advice Helpline was founded in 2000 and has years of experience in dealing with a wide variety of claims, including insect bites and stings. As a result, the vast majority of claims that we take on are successful in getting the injured party the full amount of compensation that they deserve.
Calling our free 24-hour helpline is the first step and puts you in touch with our friendly and helpful team of professional advisors. If they believe that you have a legitimate claim, your case will be passed on to one of our expert lawyers, all of whom work on a strictly no win, no fee basis.
What should I do if a bee stings me?
Bee sting injuries are a relatively common occurrence, but can be irritating, painful and in some cases debilitating. Many people are actually allergic to bee stings, in which case a sting can be potentially life threatening.
When a bee stings you, it is actually injecting you with venom. Most of the venom is released in the first twenty seconds, although venom can still be released up to two minutes after you have been stung. This is done via the stinger, which the bee has left in your body. Therefore the first thing you need to do is to remove the stinger. Use fingernails not tweezers, as their squeezing effect may release more venom into the wound. Apply a soothing lotion or ice to reduce swelling.
How can I tell if I am allergic?
An allergic reaction to a bee sting will usually occur immediately. This could range from itching and swelling to anaphylactic shock, which can cause difficulty in breathing and could be fatal. In these cases, it is imperative to seek professional medical advice immediately.
Can I claim compensation?
This is a complicated issue. As with any compensation claim, the injury must be proved to be the fault of a third party. Obviously you cannot claim compensation from nature, or from the bee itself (which in any case will die after stinging you). However, if for instance you have been issued with faulty equipment or protective clothing in your work as a beekeeper and have been stung as a result, then you could be entitled to compensation. Similarly, if you attended a public beekeeping tour and were placed at risk by the negligence of the organisers, and this led to a bee sting injury, then you too may have a claim for compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline has successfully won compensation claims for bee sting injuries in the past, so the advice we give you will be based on qualified experience. If you think that your bee sting injury could have been avoided and that another person was responsible, you should call our free 24-hour helpline as soon as possible, or use our 30-second online compensation claim calculator to find out how much you could be entitled to.
Date Published: October 19, 2014
Author: David Brown