Lacerations are one of the most common injuries people suffer during car accidents. Although they might not be as life-threatening as traumatic brain injuries, they can lead to serious complications if not treated properly. If you suffered lacerations during a car accident caused by someone else, you may be entitled to compensation.
Types of Lacerations
It’s possible to suffer three types of lacerations during a car accident:
- Superficial: These lacerations affect only the top layer skin, so they are fairly mild.
- Deep: These lacerations affect all the layers of the skin.
- Clean Lacerations: These lacerations are those in which no dirt or other debris are present.
- Complicated Lacerations: These lacerations are the most severe kind and can affect nerves, muscles, tendons and even organs.
Causes of Lacerations
During a car accident, loose objects, such as coffee cups or sunglasses, inside a vehicle can go flying. If these objects hit your skin, they could lead to lacerations. Broken glass and airbags can also cause cuts and lacerations in a vehicle crash.
Treatments for Lacerations
How severe your lacerations are will determine the type of treatment you will receive. If you suffered a minor laceration that only affected the top layer of skin, it can typically be treated at home. Start by applying pressure to the wound to stop bleeding. Then, carefully clean the laceration with soap and warm water. Apply antibiotic ointment on the area to prevent infection. Lastly, cover the laceration with a bandaid
If your laceration is deep, is over a joint or you can’t get the area clean, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. A doctor may have to give you stitches to stop the bleeding. Stitches will also protect the underlying tissues and reduce the risk of scarring.
In most cases, stitches can be removed after four to 14 days. However, if the stitches are on your hands, they may have to stay in longer than two weeks. This is because hands take longer to heal than other body parts.
Did You Suffer Lacerations in a Car Accident?
If you endured lacerations from a car accident caused by another driver, you should consult a car accident lawyer as soon as possible. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. He or she can help you file a timely claim and improve your chances of getting the compensation you deserve.
Thanks to our friends from Cohen & Cohen for their insight into car accident injuries.