Lacerations and skin injuries caused by road traffic accidents can be traumatic and may result in pain, blood loss, scarring, disfigurement or amputation. In many cases they may also be accompanied by other injuries such as fractures, broken bones or concussion.
The car accident compensation team at Thompsons Solicitors can help you ensure financial redress for your lacerations and skin injuries if you sustained them in an incident that was at least in part the fault of another party.
Our solicitors can help you whether have sustained injury as a driver, passenger, motorcyclist, pillion passenger, cyclist or pedestrian.
A laceration is a type of open wound caused by the tearing of the skin. A laceration can happen anywhere on the body and as a result of a road accident involving any type of vehicle. However, they are a particular hazard of motorcycle accidents, with the following three types of laceration injury the commonest:
- Avulsion injuries: Caused by the scraping away of skin and the exposure of fatty tissue, muscle and bone. Avulsion injuries can cause permanent scarring and disfigurement and may necessitate skin grafts or cosmetic surgery.
- Compression injuries: Crush accidents that involve bruising, broken bones and internal damage may also involve aspects of laceration injury.
- Open wound skin injuries: These abrasion injuries are frequently caused by skin scraping along the road surface. They come with an elevated infection risk and may sometimes require skin grafts.
Incision wounds are a type of cut to the skin caused by a sharp-edged object such as a metal panel, piece of glass or other item of road accident debris. Incision wounds bring an inherent blood loss and infection risk and should be cleaned and treated immediately.
Compensation for Laceration Injuries
Laceration injuries are compensable because as well as causing immediate pain and trauma they can also result in long-term damage, scarring and disfigurement. Long-term symptoms of road traffic accident laceration wounds affecting car occupants, motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians include the following:
- Muscular damage
- Damage to veins or arteries
- Possible amputation
Skin injuries and lacerations that lead to open wounds can easily result in potentially serious or life-threatening complications. These include the following:
- Excessive blood loss: Poses immediate risk to the life the injured party and requires emergency medical assistance.
- Nerve damage: Exposed nerves can result in permanent nerve damage, leading to loss of sensation, loss of mobility and various neurological symptoms.
- Infection: Wounds are at risk of infection up until the point at which they have healed. The most serious infections can result in fever and may prove fatal without prompt treatment.
Contact Thompsons RTA Solicitors Today
If you have sustained lacerations or skin injuries in a road traffic accident in Scotland, the car accident compensation specialists at Thompsons can help you ensure you receive the financial recognition for your pain, suffering, lost earnings and medical expenses.
For help and information, call us today on 0800 0891 331.