Lacerations, also called cuts, occur when the skin is split open, ripped, or torn. They can be disfiguring, painful, severe, and even deadly. In contrast to abrasions, lacerations typically keep the skin intact, but the wound (also known as a gash) may be deep or severe depending upon the location and the way the injury occurred. Lacerations tend to be ragged or uneven, rather than a straight line separating the skin.
Our skilled laceration injury lawyers are prepared to help you better manage this time of pain and stress by maximizing your financial recovery. If a family member or other loved one has died from a severe or infected laceration, you may also be eligible to file a MA wrongful death claim.
Lacerations can result from many types of accidents and events, including:
- A motor vehicle, bicycle or pedestrian accident, particularly if shattered glass punctures or hits the body, or something else causes blunt force trauma.
- Falls, including those from ladders, roofs, and construction sites, or while using an escalator or an elevator.
- Slip and falls, when snow, debris, rain, or other conditions make a floor, ground, road or sidewalk slippery.
- Animal bites or attacks, including those from pets and wild animals.
- Assault or abuse.
Lacerations may be accompanied by bleeding, pain, numbness, swelling, infection, or damage to underlying tissue, nerves, tendons, muscles or bones. Except for the simplest cuts, it is in your best interest to seek immediate medical care for your lacerations. Treatment can help stop bleeding, close wounds, fix broken bones or other damaged body parts, and prevent disease or infection (e.g., with a tetanus or rabies shot). Lacerations can be closed with stitches, staples, tape or tissue glue. Even with medical care, some lacerations continue to cause problems. Infected cuts can take longer to heal, may cause additional pain, swelling, redness and drainage, and may ultimately heal with bigger or more prominent scars. Some find their lacerations are so severe that they restrict bodily movement or function even after the injuries have healed. Laceration infection or blood loss can fatal.
If you have been in an accident in Massachusetts and have suffered from lacerations, cuts, gashes or other wounds, we can help. Over the years the attorneys at Altman & Altman, LLP have represented countless clients with injuries across the medical spectrum, including lacerations. We enjoy great success in reaching favorable settlements and have the same success if we have to try your case in a court of law. Our attorneys understand how the system works and are here to help you navigate to recovery and receive compensation for your loss.
If you are facing difficulties in your life due to an injury of this nature please do not hesitate to call our office. Every phone call is toll free and your initial consultation with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys is also free. We also take strides to accommodate our clients many needs. For example, if traveling is not feasible for you, we can make house calls as well as hospital visits. Lastly, please remember that all of our cases are taken on a contingency fee basis and you will not pay until we make a financial recovery for you.