How to perform first aid on yourself and when to make an injury claim
If you have been involved in a serious accident and sustained injuries, you should always wait for the emergency services to come to you rather than trying to move on your own. However, if you are bleeding badly or are concerned about anything else, you may want to do some basic first aid on yourself before you can be seen by a medical professional, to ensure that you don’t get any infections or suffer any worse damage.
Even those without any first aid training can provide themselves basic first aid at the scene of an accident, so here are some of the things that you can do.
- Stay calm. Before you are able to do anything to help yourself to feel better or protect yourself from infection or further illness, you need to stay calm so that you are thinking clearly. If you are not thinking clearly then you are likely to make mistakes which could seriously affect how well you perform first aid, and this could lead to mistakes.
- Stop any bleeding. In some cases you may not be able to stop any bleeding because it will be too much, or the cut will be too deep, but there are always things you can do to slow the flow of blood, such as raising the affected area above the heart or applying pressure.
- Clean any wounds. If there is a deep wound that you don’t want to touch then this is fine, but using clean water to try to clean as many of your cuts and grazes as possible can hugely reduce the chances of you getting an infection from your wounds. Tr to just use water, and not dab at these wounds too much with materials which could get into the cut.
- Don’t move. If you are concerned that you have hit your head, have a back or spinal injury or have broken a bone, you should be careful not to move in case you cause further damage to yourself.
Making an injury claim in Sutton
After an accident there are usually so many things to sort out that making an injury claim in Sutton is very low down your list of priorities. However, making an injury claim in Sutton can help you to recover more easily, providing you with the money that you need to take time off work and get any help around the house that you might need.
Try calling Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile to decide whether or not you have a good case for an injury claim in Sutton, and if you do decide that you want to move forward, the team can provide you with an experienced injury lawyer to handle your claim. This lawyer will also work on your behalf on your injury claim in Sutton, so that you shouldn’t have to go to court.