One of the most feared accidents by motorcyclists is a degloving accident. Degloving is when your skin becomes separated from the rest of your flesh. These wounds are painful, dangerous, and expensive, and our Phoenix degloving accident attorneys can help you get compensation for them.
If someone else caused your motorcycle accident and a doctor has diagnosed you with a degloving injury, reach out Zanes Law. We have attorneys experienced with helping victims of these injuries. With one call, you can get help to pay for your treatment with a lawsuit.
According to the World Journal of Emergency Surgery, there are two types of degloving injuries: open and closed. In an open degloving, the skin is ripped away from the muscles, bones, and connective tissue. It’s just like taking a glove off, though it can happen to any part of the body. This happens when a fallen rider scrapes across the ground.
Closed degloving happens when there is an internal separation between skin and the underlying tissue. This gap can fill with blood, lymph fluid, and fat. Closed degloving injuries can be hard to detect, which makes them dangerous.
The fluid buildup creates a space for infection which can kill your tissues from the inside out. Doctors will need to drain the fluid and remove the dead tissue so your body heals properly. If you know you scraped against the ground and you have a bruise, get checked for a closed degloving injury.
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Complications of Degloving Injuries
If you have an open degloving, you’ll probably require skin grafts to regrow new skin and need surgeries. In severe cases that go to the bone, you might need an amputation. Infection is also a serious concern. Open degloving requires hospitalization for treatment.
You might also need to undergo physical therapy to relearn how to use your limb. The degloving process can tear nerves away. Regrowing new nerve connections takes time and repetition. If you had to get an amputation, you’ll also need therapy to learn how to use your prosthetic.
Closed degloving patients are also at risk of infection and will have flexibility and mobility issues at the injury site. The new scar tissue inside will be less flexible than before, but with therapy and time, you can regain your range of motion.
Complications arising from a degloving injury can lengthen your hospital stay, heighten your medical bills, and possibly require amputation, prosthetics, and at-home modifications. A degloving accident attorney in Phoenix can ensure these expenses are covered in your compensation.
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What Are Common Causes of Degloving Accidents?
Any accident where you’re hit with great force and dragged against a surface can cause a degloving accident. It’s most common with motorcyclists because of their speed and exposure to asphalt, but a bicyclist or a pedestrian caught on a vehicle can get dragged along the ground.
Any of the common kinds of motorcycle accidents could make it happen. Due to the bizarre physics of motorcycle wrecks, even a pothole can throw you with enough force to cause you to scrape against the ground. The worst injuries happen when a motorcyclist is pulled under a vehicle and dragged.
If you’re a motorcyclist, please consider wearing full protective riding gear, including a helmet. Any exposed surface of your body is at risk of a degloving accident. At the very least, wear gloves and boots, along with your helmet. Hands and feet are the easiest parts of the body to deglove.
Proving Liability in a Degloving Accident
To win your accident case, you and your Phoenix degloving accidents lawyer will need to prove that someone else was negligent and caused your injury. Evidence from the police, your doctor, and other sources provide the proof that gets insurance companies to pay up.
If you’ve suffered one of these accidents, the odds are good that paramedics took you straight to the hospital and couldn’t give a statement. Your accident lawyer will get a copy of the police report and question you about what happened to see if the report matches what you remember.
If it doesn’t, we can perform our own investigation into what happened and build a chain of evidence that shows your version of events. Fortunately, Arizona allows you to claim damages even if you were partially at fault for your accident.
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How Much Could I Get in Compensation?
Every degloving case is unique, but we can compare your injuries to former clients of ours to come up with an estimate. If you bring medical bills to your consultation, those can help us give you a more accurate estimate.
Even with closed degloving, the costs and recovery time will both be high. You could suffer psychological trauma from the severity of the wound, disfigurement, and losing function of part of your body. You could also lose your job because you’re stuck in the hospital or because you can no longer work.
These and other reasons are possible damages that will increase the value of your case. Once we’ve proven liability, we will investigate every avenue of compensation to make sure you get the maximum value of your case.
Get a Degloving Accident Lawyer in Phoenix to Help You
Degloving accidents are extremely painful and have complicated recovery protocols. You may never ride your motorcycle again. See if you qualify for compensation with the help of our Phoenix degloving accident attorneys.
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