Lacerations From Automotive Accidents
Posted on behalf of Gordon & Partners on Feb 19, 2013 in Auto Accidents
One of the most common injuries that vehicle occupants sustain in an auto accident is lacerations. A laceration occurs when there is tearing of the soft body tissue that causes a separation of the skin and surrounding tissue.
In severe cases, the injury can leave patients with permanent scarring and for those with serious disfigurement, psychological issues that can require years of therapy to help recover from.
Have you suffered serious cuts or lacerations in a collision that was caused by another motorist?
Did you know that accident injury victims may be eligible to file a damages lawsuit that claim financial compensation for any damages and losses that may be associated with the incident—including any medical or outpatient costs?
At the law offices of Gordon & Partners, our auto accident attorneys have comprehensive knowledge of Florida's traffic and insurance laws and can help to fight for the justice that you deserve. We have successfully recovered more that $500 MILLION in compensation claims for our clients and only get paid when we win.
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Types of Car Accident Lacerations
The most common type of laceration is the cut laceration. These types of lacerations happen when a sharp object comes in contact with and breaks through the first layer of skin. Occasionally, these types of lacerations can break through the underlying skin.
Over-stretching lacerations are rare; these lacerations occur when an object hits the skin at an angle and pushes or pulls the skin, resulting in the skin completely breaking or stretching.
These injuries occur when an object strikes the skin in a brushing motion or at an angle and lifts the skin and peels it back. Once the top layer has been peeled back, the epidermis is compromised and the tissue underneath it is crushed.
A split laceration happens when two objects crush a section of the body. Once the compression happens, the skin and tissues tear.
If you suffered severe car accident lacerations, contact Gordon & Partners today to discuss your legal options.
The severity of lacerations will determine the type of treatment that a patient receives. If a patient receives minor lacerations, then the injury can be treated at home. Accident victims should follow the steps below to treat minor car accident lacerations:
- Apply pressure on the injury to stop the bleeding.
- Clean the laceration with soap and warm water.
- Apply an antibiotic ointment on the cut to prevent an infection from occurring.
- Put a sterile bandage over the laceration.
Injury victims should remove the bandage after a few days. However, if you notice that your injury is not healing or it looks infected, you need to seek medical attention.
Accident victims should seek immediate medical assistance if:
- The laceration is deep or if it is over a joint.
- You can’t get the laceration clean.
- The lacerations are deep and the injured person has not received a tetanus shot or booster in the last five to 10 years.
An injured individual may need to receive stitches for the bleeding to stop. The stitches will protect the underlying tissues and decrease the scarring.
Typically, a doctor will remove the stitches after 4-14 days, except if the stitches are on the face or hand. Your hand takes longer to heal than other parts of your body, so the stitches may be in for longer than two weeks. The face tends to heal fast, so a doctor may remove the stitches after four days and no later than seven. Removing facial stitches in that time frame will lessen the scarring.
In most cases, it takes approximately six weeks for an injury to reach 80 percent of its healed strength.
Contact a Florida Attorney
If you or a family member suffered lacerations from a car crash, you may be entitled to compensation. Accident victims may be able to recover damages for current and future medical expenses, lost wages and property damage.
Contact the car accident lawyers at Gordon & Partners for your free legal consultation and let us help you to explore your litigation options. During your consultation a personal injury lawyer from our firm will assess the merits of your claim and advise you on the most effective course of action.
We have three convenient office locations in the Tri-County area, including:
- Pembroke Pines
- Palm Beach Gardens
.... and are ready to help with your compensation claim today.
For further information on how our car crash attorneys in Palm Beach can help you, we welcome you to contact our firm at 1 (855) 722-2552 today, where a member of our team will collect information about your injury and quickly connect you with one of our attorneys ready to handle your specific case.
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