Most people realise how to get hold of good personal accident lawyers in Atherton if they have been injured in an accident that was not their own fault. Many of them choose to do this by contacting the leading law firm Accident Advice Helpline on their 24 hour hotline number of 0800 689 0500.
After that initial phone call they don’t need to worry about what to do because the personal injury lawyer will guide them, step by step, through the case. Their accident case will run smoothly and they will eventually get the compensation that they deserve.
But what about the hours prior to the client contacting Accident Advice Helpline? What about those crucial few minutes and hours following an accident in Atherton? Many people are not aware of what they should do. Using a severe cut as an example, the information below, gives a few useful tips of what to do at the scene of an accident.
Accident lawyers in Atherton – treating a cut at the scene
The priority at the scene of any accident is to make sure the injured person is not in any further danger and then to administer first aid. Once it is safe for both the first aider and the injured person to start treatment it is best to take a look at the cut to determine how severe it is. This is the same for cuts suffered in car accidents, work place accidents and in slips and falls in public areas.
Many cuts are minor and only bleed a little. If this is the case then cleaning the wound and applying a clean dressing is usually sufficient. The injured person may be feeling shocked and a little shaky so they should be given time to get to their feet. Jumping straight back up after an accident is rarely a good idea.
If the cut is bleeding heavily then this can be slowed down by applying pressure to the area. It is best to use a clean bandage or towel. Where the cut is to an arm or a hand then it is a good idea to raise the affected area. If the foot or leg is affected then it is recommended that you lie down and raise the affected limb above the level of your heart. This will help the bleeding to slow down and eventually stop.
If the blood is coming out in spurts or if you just cannot stop the bleeding it is important to get the injured person to an Accident and Emergency Department straight away.
Accident lawyers in Atherton – collecting information
If possible ask someone to collect information at the scene on your behalf. You are unlikely to be able to do this yourself if you cannot move around. Try to get all the names and contact details of the people who witnessed the accident. Photographs of the scene can also be very useful for your case at a later date.
If you would like to find out more about making a claim, simply call Accident Advice Helpline free on 0800 689 500 ( landline) or 0333 500 0993 (mobile) to make a claim today.
Date Published: 30th June 2013
Author: Sharon Parry