Many types of injuries, no matter how diverse in cause, often include cuts and lacerations. These can include those related to an auto crash, a slip and fall accident, or a dog attack. A laceration is a cut or tear in the skin caused by various features, which can include broken glass, debris from a slip and fall, or from nails or teeth.
A laceration can also be caused by blunt force trauma as seen during a rollover crash and can range from minor to fatal. Read below for information on how to deal with such an accident and be covered legally. The skillful hands at the Ehline Law Firm PC can assist those in the Los Angeles area that have suffered such an injury, with a free consultation at 1-888-400-9721; (213) 596-9642.
General Information About Cuts, Wounds and Lacerations
Often, lacerations are caused due to skin injuries and the skin is split open or separated. Many times this is a jagged cut that is particularly dangerous, especially when caused by blunt force trauma, such as in a car crash. Other causes and issues can include:
- Cuts are caused by sharp objects such as glass during a car crash;
- A gash is when the laceration is long or deep;
- An avulsion is when the skin and tissue is torn away from the body;
- An abrasion is when the skin is scrapped but not total gash to the bone;
- These can be traumatic injuries due to the way they have occurred. These can have long lasting effects due to the location or severity;
- Bicycle and Pedestrian accidents;
- Construction site accidents, falls from ladders or a roof;
- Slipping and falling in a area that is wet or poorly maintained;
- Dog bites;
- Assault or abuse.
Such a gash or laceration can take place anywhere on the body. These are external, and there are some common places where they most often occur, including the face, arms and legs. A deep laceration can be especially serious if there is damage to the muscle or bone. When the laceration is on the face, it can require extensive treatment to avoid disfigurement.
Lacerations are among the most apparent injuries a body can sustain and can include the following symptoms:
Treatment For Cuts, Gashes, Wounds and Lacerations
- The laceration will be cleaned to prevent infection and promote proper healing;
- There is often medication given to numb the pain, which can be a topical application or an injection;
- A tetanus shot is often given during treatment due to the way these types of injuries occur;
- The laceration will be properly stitched, glued taped and immobilized if needed;
- Facial injuries often require specialized treatment to avoid disfigurement;
- There will be topical medications, bandage or dressing maintenance.
These injuries can’t wait to be treated and will need immediate medical care in order to heal properly and to avoid major blood loss or infection. Scarring or debilitation can also be major issues coming from a laceration. Other issues can include:
- Continued pain when a laceration is not treated properly;
- Weakness, including fainting from loss of blood;
- Infection, including other symptoms like fever, redness, swelling, and pus or drainage;
- Scarring, possibly including keloids;
- Infection, possibly leading to death;
- Death from loss of blood.
If you or a loved one has been injured in such a manner, you need to make sure that you have the best legal coverage possible. Call the Ehline Law Firm PC and its specialized attorneys for a free, no-pressure consultation at 888-400-9721, or locally at 213-596-9642.