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Do you know how to stop bleeding?

If you are involved in any type of accident, such as a motor vehicle crash, it's possible that you could suffer a serious laceration.

While there are worse injuries, you must realize the importance of taking immediate action. If you don't, you could lose entirely too much blood.

Fortunately, there are many simple steps you can take to stop bleeding. Here are some of the things you should do:

-- Apply pressure to the cut with a clean cloth.

-- Don't remove the cloth for any reason. Even if blood begins to soak through, you should simply add another cloth to the top. Continue to apply pressure until you can receive treatment from a medical professional.

-- Raise it above the heart. This isn't always possible, but you should be able to do so if the wound is on your leg or arm.

-- Only use a tourniquet if your bleeding is severe and will not stop with direct pressure. If possible, avoid this and seek medical assistance.

These are the best steps to take if you need to stop a wound from bleeding. It may be easier said than done, but the right approach will work in your favor.

Even if you are successful in stopping the bleeding, you should still seek medical advice. It's important that you know the extent of you injury and how to treat it in the future.

From there, once you're in recovery mode, learn more about your accident. If somebody else caused the accident that lead to your injury, you may be able to seek compensation.

Source: Web MD, "Bleeding Cuts or Wounds," accessed April 11, 2017

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