Puncture wounds refer to those wounds that occur when something penetrates the skin rather than just affecting the outer layers. For example, a nail gun could potentially cause a puncture wound. Scissors, needles and anything else sharp enough could also cause a similar wound. If you know how to treat puncture wounds, you will know what to do in the event this happens to you or someone you know.
Some puncture wounds are not as serious as others. For instance, a splinter could be quite deep, and yet you could pull it out fairly easily using tweezers. However, if a piece of glass has caused a deep puncture wound, or the person has been injured in an accident, expert medical assistance may be required.
Is the object still inside the wound?
If the wound is serious, the object may prevent further blood loss as long as it remains in place. For example, if someone has been in a car accident and a metal pole has gone through the windscreen into the body, this would be a serious incident. If you know how to treat puncture wounds, you will know not to attempt to remove it. Instead, call for immediate emergency assistance.
In other cases, there may be nothing in the wound, or at least nothing that is visible. In this instance, if it is bleeding copiously you should try and stem the flow while waiting for help. If you do not know what caused the puncture wound, or the victim is unconscious, this is also a situation where a 999 call would be advisable.
Did you suffer a puncture wound in an accident?
Sometimes things happen that are no one’s fault. However, it may be possible to sustain a puncture wound in an accident where negligence can be found to be the cause. If you know how to treat puncture wounds you can minimise the damage caused, but you would still benefit from advice about your legal situation.
In some cases, people are able to win compensation claims on a no win, no fee* basis, purely because there is evidence to support someone else being at fault. Accident Advice Helpline can answer important questions just like these for you. Call now on 0800 689 0500 or try the simple online test we have ready and waiting for you. You owe it to yourself to learn more.
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