First Aid Guide – Treating bleeding

Bleeding can be from cuts, scratches, grazes or larger wounds and there is always a risk of infection. The casualty could lose a lot of blood and go into shock if treating bleeding does not stem the flow of blood and prevent germs from entering the body. It’s important to maintain good hygiene when treating bleeding to prevent cross-infection. Bleeding falls into two main categories – cuts, scratches and grazes or severe bleeding.

If the casualty has minor cuts, grazes or scratches, you should wash and dry your hands, cover any cuts you have and put on disposable gloves, if possible. Clean the cut under running water and pat it dry, preferably with a sterile dressing. The affected area should be raised above the heart, if possible. Cover the cut with a plaster or sterile dressing. For severe bleeding, apply direct pressure to the wound with a clean cloth, pad or fingers until you can get a sterile dressing. The injured limb should be raised and supported as you lay the casualty down and treat them for shock. Keep them warm and comfortable, and loosen any tight clothing. Call 999.

Claiming for first-aider negligence

If somebody has failed to provide you with emergency first aid as you waited for an ambulance to arrive, and you have suffered as a result, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries. For example, if you have been left bleeding when wounded in an accident in a supermarket, you could make a claim. You usually need to claim within three years of your accident, and you’ll need to seek advice from a personal injury lawyer, who will be able to determine if negligence occurred.

Contact Accident Advice Helpline

We’ve been in the personal injury industry for 14 years, and because we are accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and recommended by our patron, Esther Rantzen, you know you’ll get nothing but the very best service from our team of lawyers. Call us today and you can expect confidential, no-obligation advice on your individual situation, however you have been injured. You don’t even need to worry about upfront fees, as all our lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis. Whatever has happened to you, we believe the claims process should be as simple and stress-free as possible, so contact us today on our freephone helpline to find out more about what we can do for you.

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