Grand Junction Laceration Attorneys
A laceration is an open wound to the skin. Also known as a “cut,” it occurs when skin, tissue, or muscle is torn or sliced open. Lacerations can be wide or narrow, deep or shallow, long or short – but all of them should be taken seriously. Severe lacerations can cause an accident victim to bleed out if not treated immediately. In many cases, they can also lead to other serious injuries, such as organ damage, scarring, and disfigurements.
If your or someone you love suffered a serious laceration due to someone else’s negligence, reach out to Peters & Nolan, LLC. Our Grand Junction injury attorneys are strong advocates for accident victims, recovering millions of dollars for our clients. We can investigate your case, determine who caused your injuries, and hold them accountable for all of your damages. Call us at (970) 243-4357 to schedule a free consultation.
Open wounds are classified in four basic categories:
- Laceration: As described above, a laceration is a cut or tearing of the skin. Rapid, extensive bleeding may occur with deep lacerations.
- Abrasion: When the skin is scraped, or rubbed against a surface that is rough or hard, abrasions can occur. This type of wound needs to be cleaned to avoid infection. Road rash is a type of abrasion common in motorcycle and bicycle accidents.
- Puncture: The skin is punctured when a hole is created by a pointy object, such as a needle or nail. Even a small puncture wound may require a tetanus shot to prevent infection.
- Avulsion: This type of wound involves partial or complete tearing away of skin and underlying tissue. Avulsions bleed rapidly and heavily. They occur with gunshots, explosions, and accidents that crush the body.
Lacerations can be caused by accidents with machinery and tools, or any accident involving skin contact with a sharp enough object. Common causes of laceration injuries include:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle collisions
- Bike accidents
- Truck wrecks
- Slip or trip and fall accidents against rough surfaces
- Swimming pools, such as caused by rusted or broken equipment
- Dog attacks
Severe lacerations can extend through the skin to the underlying tissue, including muscle, organs, and bone. They often involve significant pain and bleeding. Proper medical treatment is crucial to reduce the risk of excessive scarring. Dirt, sand, or other foreign debris may be lodged in the wound, increasing the risk of infection, and must be cleaned out.
After a serious accident, it is important to have your injuries reviewed by a trained medical professional. While you may be worried about the bill for an emergency room visit, if your injuries were caused by another person, you may be able to recover the cost of treating them through a personal injury claim.
The first step is to stop the bleeding. This is typically accomplished through direct manual pressure. Severe lacerations must be thoroughly cleaned to prevent infection and prepped to reduce scarring. Cleaning washes away debris and removes germs to minimize infection risks. It may be done using sterile saline, antiseptic, or other solutions. Preparation involves working the jagged edges of a wound for less noticeable scarring. Some lacerations require surgical repair; others require outpatient stitches or staples. This is typically performed with local anesthesia for minor wounds and general anesthesia for severe lacerations.
If you have suffered serious lacerations through someone else’s negligence, it is in your best interests to speak with an experienced lawyer as soon as possible. Severe lacerations may require extensive treatment and time away from work. Your best chance of recovering full compensation for the injuries you have suffered is to have a Grand Junction personal injury attorney by your side.
Our attorneys at Peters & Nolan, LLC, have recovered millions of dollars for our clients. Both Andrew J. Peters and Andrew J. Nolan were successful trial lawyers before establishing the firm in 2004. We are dedicated to helping injured clients throughout Grand Junction. Call us at (970) 243-4357 to schedule a free consultation. We can tell you if you have a case and what damages you may be entitled to claim.
Peters & Nolan, LLC is your ideal source for high quality legal representation throughout the state of Colorado. Known for being personable and responsive, attorneys Andrew J. Peters and Andrew Nolan are aggressive trial lawyers with an excellent record of trying and settling cases in criminal defense, DUI/DWAI and personal injury.