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Lacerations

Written by Andrew Sarski on February 9, 2011
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Severe Laceration Medical Care

Most minor lacerations have minimal bleeding, minimal pain and no numbness or tingling at the site of the injury. Severe lacerations, however, may be serious enough to expose bones and tendons, resulting in excessive bleeding and pain. If the nerves are affected by the injury, the victim may experience numbness and tingling in areas surrounding the injury site. Although lacerations are typically the easiest injury to diagnose, it can be difficult for proper medical advice to be given over the phone. When considering whether or not to seek medical attention, you should consider the following:

  • Can the wound be adequately cleaned?
  • Can the bleeding be stopped?
  • Are the edges of the wound separated?
  • Is it possible that underlying damage was done, such as a severed nerve or tendon?

Laceration Infection

If you have suffered a laceration and you are experiencing numbness, tingling, or excessive bleeding or pain, you should consider seeing a doctor as soon as possible. A number of serious complications can result from a laceration, some of which may require immediate medical attention to prevent further injury. If the laceration is serious, underlying damage may have been done, possibly severing a nerve or tendon and causing potentially irreversible damage. Other complications concerning a laceration include infection, pain, and scarring. In fact, infection is the biggest concern in the first few weeks following a laceration injury. Common signs of infection include:

  • Excessive wound swelling
  • Redness beyond the wound edges
  • Severe pain
  • Draining pus
  • Fever and chills

Another common concern is scarring, especially if the laceration is located on the victim’s face, if there was an infection at the injury site, or if the laceration required stitches. Major scarring may require further treatment by a plastic surgeon in order to correct the damage and restore the skin to a more normal appearance.

Complications and Expenses of Lacerations

The consequences associated with a laceration can be significant, including physical pain, emotional suffering, and damage to physical appearance. Minor lacerations may heal on their own in a short amount of time, but severe lacerations may result in major scarring, penetration of veins or arteries, severed tendons or nerves, and long-term pain and discomfort. Damage of this nature will require more complex treatment, resulting in extensive and costly medical expenses. Furthermore, if the injury is severe enough to prevent the victim from returning to work for a period of time, he may suffer additionally from a loss of income.

Legal Help for Accident Lacerations

Most people assume that if they are seriously injured in a motor vehicle or slip and fall accident, they will receive adequate compensation for their injuries. Unfortunately, many insurance claims adjusters are trained to reject personal injury claims or to offer a settlement well below what the victim is entitled to, in order to pay out the lowest possible amount in damages. This leaves victims injured, financially insecure and unable to return to work, and overwhelmed by medical bills. The only way to fight a rejected insurance claim is to hire an accident attorney to represent your case. Qualified accident lawyers have the expertise and knowledge necessary to help you develop a successful case and receive reimbursement for the injuries and pain and suffering you have sustained. If you or a loved one has suffered from a laceration resulting from an accident, you deserve to spend as much time as you need recovering from your injuries. A knowledgeable accident attorney can be a valuable resource in your time of need, allowing you to rely on his skills and experience in personal injury litigation to receive the compensation you deserve.

Posted Under: Accident Injury
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