Here are the different types of open wounds that can be the result of a dog bite, bicycle/pedestrian collisions, slipping and falling accidents, and assault/abuse.
- Lacerations: A laceration is a deep cut that tears the skin. Accidents with glass, knives, and other sharp objects usually cause lacerations.
- Gashes: A gash is a long and deep laceration.
- Abrasions: An abrasion occurs when the skin is scraped but is not a total gash to the bone.
- Avulsion: An avulsion is when the skin and tissue is torn away from the body.
At Jacoby & Meyers, we specialize in offering personalized legal advice, guidance and assistance throughout the entire medical treatment process, negotiations and settlement until a favorable outcome is reached for our clients who have sustained a laceration or wound injury.
The Severity and Location of the Wound
Although gashes and lacerations can occur anywhere on the body, these injuries are usually found on the face, legs, and arms. The most serious lacerations are ones that have damaged the muscle or bone. If the laceration is on the face, extensive treatment will be needed to avoid disfigurement.
Symptoms of Serious Cuts or Puncture Wounds
A laceration is often identified by the exposure of the tissue below the skin, bone, or muscle. The symptoms of a laceration are as follows:
- Severe pain
Treatments for Cuts, Gashes, Wounds, and Lacerations
When a cut, gash, wound, or laceration is properly treated, the location, depth, and size of the injury will be taken into consideration. After applying pressure to the area to stop the bleeding, other treatments may include:
- Cleaning the wound so that an infection does not occur;
- Using topical medications, ointments, and injections to numb the pain;
- Getting a tetanus shot to avoid lockjaw;
- Healing the wound with stitches, glue, or tape;
- Receiving specialized treatment for facial injuries to prevent disfigurement;
- Keeping the wound clean with topical medications, bandage or dressing maintenance.
The Complications That Can Occur With Lacerations
In order to encourage proper healing, these types of injuries require immediate medical attention to prevent major blood loss and infection. Some issues that can possibly arise during treatment include
- Scarring or debilitation
- Persistent pain
- Infection characterized by fever, redness, swelling, and pus or drainage
The Value of a Laceration Injury
According to California law, personal injury victims have the right to recover for losses that have been caused by someone else’s negligence. These losses include, but are not limited to: lost wages, pain and suffering, and past and future medical expenses. The personal injury victim also has the right to fight for compensation for activities that he/she can no longer enjoy as a result of the accident. This can also include a loss of consortium claim: the loss in the quality of a marital relationship between husband and wife.
There is no set amount that a laceration injury settlement or verdict is worth. Similar to many other kinds of personal injury cases, the amount of money that a victim can obtain depends on a number of factors such as:
- Geographic location
- Attitude of the jury pool toward injury victims
- Past and future costs related to the accident
- The body part injured and severity of the injury
- The person who was at fault in the accident
- The facts relating to the incident causing the injury
- The injury caused a permanent disability
Although this detailed information about laceration injuries may seem overwhelming, an expert personal injury lawyer at our law firm has the necessary experience to walk personal injury victims through the entire process so that they can completely understand their rights. Servicing all of California, our laceration and contusion injury lawyers will make sure that our clients get the compensation that they deserve!