If you have had a serious accident which has led to a limb being severed, this does not mean that you have definitely lost it. If you can preserve the limb until you can get to a hospital then it may be able to be reattached. Whilst the tissues are still alive in the limb, doctors can reattach it up to six hours later, so here are some tips on keeping the limb alive until you can reach a hospital.
- Call an ambulance. Before you do anything to preserve the limb, call an ambulance so that you know paramedics are on the way and that you will get to the hospital sooner rather than later. Everything else can wait until after help is on the way.
- Wash the limb in water. Gently wash the severed limb to cleanse it and help to fight the possibility of infection. If the tissues become infected then it may be dangerous to reattach it.
- Wrap in a cloth. Make sure the cloth is moist and clean and cover the limb entirely. You should then wrap the limb in a plastic bag or other watertight material to keep it clean and safe.
- Keep it cold. You should never freeze a severed limb as this will kill the tissues and will make it impossible to reattach, but you should keep it cold as heat will speed up the decomposition process.
- Get to the hospital. Try to bring something with you to keep the limb cold whilst you are on the way to the hospital. If you can go in an ambulance this will be quicker, but don’t wait and waste time if it is taking too long to arrive.
When to find solicitors in Dumbarton
If your accident was caused by the negligence of someone else, you will need to have proof of this, as well as a full medical assessment which proves the extent of your injuries. Once you have this information you can find solicitors in Dumbarton and make a claim for compensation against the other party, helping you to pay for medical treatments and therapy.
Accident Advice Helpline has over 10 years’ experience with personal injury compensation claims, and works with experienced and professional solicitors in Dumbarton to get you the compensation you deserve.
You can call the helpline on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile to speak to the team about your accident, and find out how likely it is that a compensation claim will be successful.
If you decide to proceed with your claim you will be passed over to our in house solicitors in Dumbarton, who will work on a 100% no win no fee basis to process your claim.
Your solicitors in Dumbarton will also work entirely on your behalf, so you shouldn’t have to go to court, making the process that much easier on you.
Date Published: 22nd March 2014
Author: David Brown