Many types of accidents can cause lacerations and bruises, including car accidents, bicycle accidents, boating accidents, slip and falls, and construction accidents. Some lacerations and bruises are minor and can heal on their own, but others may require stitches or surgical repair. Some lacerations and bruises never heal properly, leaving the victim with unsightly permanent scarring, and bruises can indicate the existence of serious internal injuries. It’s important to get proper medical treatment in a timely manner to avoid complications that can worsen these conditions.
When lacerations and bruises are caused by the negligence, recklessness, or intentional act of another person, it’s possible for victims to collect a substantial amount of compensation. It’s important to hire a personal injury attorney that will have the patience and know-how that will help you bring a strong case that results in a large amount of compensation. An experienced Orange County bruises and lacerations lawyer can help you collect money for medical expenses, current and future lost earnings, pain, suffering, and mental distress. Call the Crockett Law Group today to schedule your free consultation and learn more.
What Are Lacerations and Bruises?
Lacerations and bruises are traumatic skin injuries that can range from superficial to life-threatening or fatal. A laceration is an open wound from the tearing of soft tissues such as the skin and the layers beneath the skin.
Lacerations range greatly in severity from small superficial tears of the skin, to large deep cuts that require immediate medical attention. The danger of infection is of great concern, especially if the laceration was caused by substances that contain contaminants that could quickly breed bacteria.
A bruise is a closed wound with an area of discoloration of the skin that’s caused by an impact or blow that ruptures the blood vessels. The bruise itself rarely requires immediate treatment but could indicate the presence of internal injuries, fractures, dislocations, torn ligaments, or other injuries that cannot be seen with the naked eye.
How Do You Treat a Laceration or Bruise?
A deep, large laceration requires immediate attention to stop bleeding using direct pressure while awaiting medical assistance. An ambulance should be called, or the person should be immediately transported to an emergency room, whatever is faster. Lacerations are usually treated with stitches or staples to promote proper healing and prevent blood loss.
If the laceration is on the face, the cosmetic results are important, so it’s best to have the suturing or stapling done by a plastic surgeon if waiting will not present a danger to the person’s health. If a facial laceration heals with a disfiguring scar, there plastic surgery techniques that can be used after healing that may improve appearance.
A severe bruise can indicate many types of serious injuries, necessitating the need for x-rays, c-scans, or MRI’s, to diagnose the underlying conditions. Other than that, a bruise will usually heal on its own.
What Helps a Laceration or Bruise After a Car Accident?
The most important thing to do to help a car accident victim with a laceration or bruise is to control bleeding and avoid moving the person until an ambulance can arrive on the scene. In some high impact collisions, the person may be trapped in the vehicle and require excavation by a rescue team.
In such cases, it may still be possible to assist with controlling blood loss and to reduce the effects of shock by speaking slowly and softly to help keep the person calm. If the victim is shivering, try to find a blanket or jacket to comfort them.
How Long Does It Take a Laceration or Bruise to Heal?
Small lacerations and bruises will usually heal on their own within a couple of days. Large lacerations can take months or even years to heal completely and require multiple surgeries to improve the cosmetic result and to reduce pain from keloids and other types of painful scar tissue that’s developed both internally and externally. This process can last for many years, and in some cases the scarring and/or pain is permanent.
How Much Is a Bruise or Laceration Claim Worth?
It probably wouldn’t make sense at all to make a claim for a small cut or bruise that heals on its own within days because it would probably cost more to make the claim than you would be likely to collect. On the other hand, claims for lacerations that cause permanent scarring to the face can be worth millions of dollars.
How much these claims are worth depends on how large and disfiguring the scar is, the age and gender of the victim, and the type of work they do. For example, a claim for a facial scar would be worth much more for a 20-year-old professional model than for a 70-year-old retired plumber.
This is because there would be a lifetime of lost earnings at a very high rate for the young model, that could not be claimed by the retired plumber. Every case is different, that’s why it’s important to work with an Orange County lacerations and bruises attorney that knows exactly how to maximize the value of your particular case.
Contact an Orange County Bruises and Lacerations Lawyer
You can count on your Orange County bruises and lacerations lawyers to know how to collect the largest amount of money possible to pay for medical treatment, reimburse you for your lost earnings, and compensate you for your pain, suffering, and mental anguish.
We’ll launch a thorough investigation of your case, ensuring that we have the evidence to present a strong case on your behalf. We offer a free consultation to discuss your case and our legal strategy so you will have a complete understanding of all issues. Please call (800) 900-9393 today to make an appointment.