Lacerations that were caused by a North Carolina car accident can often leave the injury victim experience severe pain and discomfort. Serious laceration injuries can even leave victims with permanent scarring and disfigurement. This type of injury can be a result of almost any type of personal injury accident, including auto accidents, motorcycle wrecks, truck accidents, slip and falls, on-the-job injuries and dog bites.
If you or a loved one has sustained an auto accident laceration injury, you may be entitled to pursue compensation for damages from the accident. You may be able to file a lawsuit in order to recover compensation for losses like current and future medical expenses, physical pain and emotional anguish.
To begin exploring your legal options, contact our North Carolina laceration attorneys today by completing the Free Case Review form to the left.
Auto Accident Laceration Injury Information
A laceration can be described as wounded skin that splits open or separates. Oftentimes, a laceration is a jagged cut as opposed to a straight slit in the skin. This is especially true when the laceration is a result of blunt force trauma in a motor vehicle accident.
There are four different types of lacerations that personal injury victims can suffer from. They are characterized by the severity and the nature of the injury:
- Cuts – This type of laceration is often caused by sharp objects, such as broken glass.
- Gashes – A gash is a laceration that is either long or deep.
- Avulsions – When the skin and tissue is torn away from the body, this type of laceration is called an avulsion.
- Abrasions – When the skin is scrapped but not completely gashed to the bone, the laceration is considered an abrasion.
A laceration can happen anywhere on the body. These types of injuries are external and usually happen on the face, arms and legs. A deep laceration can become a serious medical complication if there is damage to the muscle and/or to the bone. When a laceration is facial, it often requires extensive and costly treatment in order to avoid disfigurement.
If you have suffered from lacerations caused by the actions or negligence of another, we encourage you to contact our personal injury lawyers today by completing the Free Case Review form on this page.
Symptoms of Severe Laceration Injuries
It is not difficult to see when a laceration injury has occurred. Blood may be covering the laceration, however, so it can be hard to see where exactly the injury has occurred. Some of the most common symptoms of severe laceration injuries include:
- Fainting from blood loss
- Exposure of the tissue below the skin, muscle or bone
If you or a loved one has shown any of these symptoms, it is important to see a doctor right away to begin treatment of your lacerations. After seeing a physician, please contact our attorneys by completing the Free Case Review form on this page to begin the process of holding the at-fault parties accountable for your injuries.
Treatment of Lacerations
The methods used to treat a laceration depend entirely on the location of the injury and the depth and size of the laceration. Initial treatment will be to stop the bleeding and minimize blood loss. Subsequent treatment can include:
- Topical medications, bandages and dressing maintenance
- Specialized treatment, like plastic surgery, especially if the lacerations were facial
- Stitching, gluing, taping and immobilization
- Tetanus shot, depending on how the laceration occurred
- Topical or injectable medication to numb the pain
- Cleansing of the wound to prevent infection
Treatment of a laceration can become very expensive, depending on the severity of the injury. If you sustained a laceration due to no fault of your own, we believe that you deserve both compassion and compensation for your condition. Contact our attorneys right away by completing the Free Case Review form on this page.
Complications Arising from Serious Lacerations
When a laceration is not treated correctly or right away, they can become fatal due to infection or blood loss. Scarring and debilitation can often result from failure to seek medical treatment.
Some common laceration complications, many from failure to treat, include the following:
- Infection, including symptoms like fever, redness, swelling, pus or drainage
- Weakness and fainting
- Continued pain
- Wrongful death
After being involved in a North Carolina auto accident, it is critical that you seek medical attention right away if you sustain any lacerations in order to avoid these serious complications.
Contact a Knowledgeable North Carolina Laceration Attorney
At Lewis & Keller, we offer free legal consultations to North Carolina accident victims. During your consultation, one of our attorneys will review the details and assess the merits of your claim in order to recommend the best course of action for pursuing legal recourse for your condition.
To make sure that our clients are able to afford representation in their pursuit for justice, our personal injury law firm operates on a contingency fee basis. This means that if you choose to hire our lawyers, there is never any cost to you until we are able to successfully obtain a favorable outcome for your claim. If we fail to do this, you do not owe us any fees.
For more information on the legal rights which may be available to North Carolina auto accident laceration injury victims and their families or to schedule a confidential, no-obligation consultation with a member of our legal team, please complete the Free Case Review form to the left of this page.