Non accidental injuries
Non accidental injuries have not been caused by an accident. One group of non accidental injuries are criminal injuries. If a person suffers a criminal injury they may be entitled to claim compensation. Some non accidental injuries are stabbing injuries or stab wounds. There are two important areas to consider if you have suffered a non accidental injuries stab wound. The first is obviously to access the appropriate medical attention and treatment and the second is to investigate a claim for compensation. Both aspects are covered here.
Non accidental injuries stab wounds – medical aspects
Medical professionals sometimes call a stab would a penetrating trauma. They are commonly caused by knives or by another type of long sharp object. The skin is pierced and depending on the location and depth of the wound, other various internal organs and structures can be damaged as well. At the scene immediate pressure should be applied to the wound to try and control the bleeding. The victim should be encouraged to lie still to reduce the amount of blood that is lost. They should also be kept as warm as possible until medical assistance arrives.
Unlike gunshot wounds which can cause damage to the surrounding tissue, stab wounds tend to be quite localised. The common site for a stab wound is the abdomen. The length, size and angle at which the weapon entered the body will dictate which organs are affected. Blood loss and shock are the obvious immediate concerns. If necessary surgery is carried out to repair internal organs and blood vessels, to remove any part of the weapon that is still in the body and to remove dead or dirty tissue. Pain relief will be required and in some cases a blood transfusion is carried out to replace that blood that has been lost. There is also a risk of infection as it is unlikely that a criminal stab wound would have been inflicted with a sterile knife.
Non accidental injuries stab wounds – legal considerations
If you have suffered a stab wound as a criminal injury you may be able to claim compensation. If you ring Accident Advice Helpline and speak to the highly trained professional advisors they will be able to help you. The claim will probably be made to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. It will require you to provide a lot of details about the incident and about the stab wound and the medical attention that you have received. Accident Advice Helpline will allocate you a personal injury lawyer from a network of legal partners. Your lawyer will be an expert in criminal injures stab wounds. They will liaise with the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority on your behalf and give you advice and support with completing the paperwork. Give them a call today on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: 12th March 2013