Car accident injuries can be terrible, even with today’s advanced safety features. One of the most dangerous is a laceration. A laceration is a cut or tear in the body caused by a sharp object. Without swift treatment, these injuries cause blood loss that can lead to shock or death.
Many people lose their lives each year to lacerations caused by car accidents. Those who live may suffer from severe scarring and a reduced quality of life. No matter the laceration injury you’ve suffered in a car crash, our car accident lawyers in Phoenix can help you get compensation for it.
Types of Laceration Injuries
Laceration injuries aren’t limited to the skin. The cut can go all the way through the muscles and organs and require immediate surgery. There are several kinds of laceration injuries you could suffer in a car accident. These include:
Cuts are the most common kind of laceration. They happen when a sharp object slices across your body during an accident and breaks the skin. Broken glass, a sharp plastic shard, or a sharp object in your vehicle could cause this.
Over-stretching lacerations happen when the skin is stretched to the point it breaks. These are rare but can happen if an object strikes your body at an angle to push the skin hard enough to tear.
If two objects crush part of your body, the force can compress your skin and cause it to tear from the pressure. This is called a split laceration.
Motorcycle riders may be familiar with the term “road rash,” which happens when a rider’s body skips against the ground after a motorcycle accident. This is a kind of grinding compression. The skin grazes against an object that peels away the skin. These injuries can also happen in car accidents.
Lacerations could be minor and treated at the scene of the accident, but severe ones may need immediate hospitalization to avoid shock and infection. You may need blood transfusions to replace lost blood, stitches to close the wound, or even need emergency tetanus treatment.
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Objects That Can Cut You in a Car Accident
There are many things in a car that can cut you after an accident. The most obvious one is glass. Despite modern safety features, it’s possible to get cut severely from broken glass in an accident.
Torn parts of your car can also cut you. Broken body panels and frame pieces can create sharp edges. These may bruise you, but some may strike you in a way that tears your skin open and causes bleeding.
Sliding across the road surface is another way you could get a laceration. This is more common in motorcycle, bicycle, and pedestrian accidents, but if you get thrown from your vehicle, then your skin could get peeled away.
How Are Laceration Injuries Treated?
The top priority for treating any laceration injury is to stop the bleeding before you lose too much blood. Doctors have several ways of closing open wounds, including stitches, staples, glue stitches, and tape. The wound may also need to be cleaned to remove debris like gravel, grass, and dirt.
Laceration injuries have to be monitored for scarring. Severe lacerations, like the ones caused by car accidents, are more likely to scar. Sometimes, they can disfigure the body. You may need plastic surgery to correct scars and disfigurement, but it’s not likely you’ll return to how you were before your accident.
Paying for plastic surgery can be expensive, and you may be eligible for disfigurement damages depending on how bad your laceration injuries are. A talk with Zanes Law can confirm whether you’re eligible for compensation after your car accident and what damages you could receive.
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Complications After a Laceration Injury
Scarring is one complication, but there are others you may face. If your hand is cut, you may not be able to use it for a couple of weeks while the injury heals. This means you’ll be unable to work or do chores around the house.
You may also face considerable pain while you recover. You’d be surprised how much movement may try to shift your stitches while you recover, and each shift can cause pain and delay your healing. A doctor may order you to stay in bed just so daily living doesn’t aggravate your injury.
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Proving a Car Accident Caused Your Laceration Injury
An insurer may try to say that something else caused your laceration so they won’t have to pay you. Here’s how you can prove it happened because of a car accident. The first thing is to prove you were in a car accident.
If you’ve made an accident report to the police and seen a doctor as soon as possible after your crash, it will be much harder for an insurer to deny your claim. Officers are required to report the injuries they see in an accident, and a doctor’s record will have an official diagnosis.
Getting Compensation After a Laceration Injury
If you’ve been lacerated after a car accident, you may be eligible to receive compensation. Our lawyers at Zanes Law can help you get the most from your accident claim. You can file an insurance claim or take the person who harmed you to court by hiring us to represent you.
An insurer may try to offer you a settlement for your injuries after an accident, but it’s not likely you’ll get the full amount you deserve. They may pay for the immediate costs, but if you need plastic surgery or get heavily scarred, then it may not be enough.
Our goal is to help you recover from your accident and regain control of your life. If someone else’s negligence has injured you and caused a laceration injury, we’re here for you. Let us help you get compensation as quickly as possible for the most possible.