The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2010 nearly 3 million people were injured in motor vehicle accidents in the U.S. It is common for vehicle occupants to sustain lacerations in an auto crash, especially when airbags are deployed or when the force of the impact involved is substantial. Lacerations are caused by the tearing of soft body tissue; severe lacerations can leave an accident victim with permanent scarring.
WHAT IS LACERATION INJURY
A laceration is a wound that occurs when skin, tissue or muscle is torn or cut open. Some lacerations may be deep or shallow, short or long. Most lacerations are the result of the skin hitting an object, or an object hitting the skin with force.
TYPES OF CAR CRASH LACERATIONS
- LACERATIONS – Such lacerations happen when two objects crush a portion of the body and once compression has occurred, the skin and tissues tear.
- GRINDING COMPRESSION LACERATIONS – These occur when an object hits the skin in a brushing motion or at an angle and lifts the skin and peels it back. When the top layer of skin is peeled back, the epidermis is compromised and the tissue underneath is crushed.
- OVER-STRETCHING – Overstretching laceration injury occurs when an object strikes the skin at an angle and pushes or pulls the skin, causing the skin to completely break or stretch.
- CUT LACERATIONS – A cut laceration is the most common type of laceration that occurs after a car crash. Such lacerations occur when a sharp object makes contact and breaks through the first layer of skin. At times, these lacerations can break through the underlying tissue as well.
Deep or wide lacerations would require medical assistance, as they probably will need stitches or staples. Stitching and stapling would promote: Faster healing, Reduce the chance of infection, Prevent scarring, Help keep bacteria out of the wound.
WHAT TO DO AFTER LACERATION INJURY
If possible, take as many photos as you can to document your laceration injury. Go to the emergency room or an urgent care to timely address your injuries. Provide all of the collected evidence to our firm – photographs, videos, medical records for your injuries. This evidence will support and raise the value of your personal injury claim during settlement negotiations or during litigation, if a lawsuit is filed in your personal injury case.
It is highly suggested to take photos of your lacerations every week, after your injury, with the aim of documenting your healing process. Remember, insurance adjusters will try to lower the value of your claim at every turn – this is what they’re trained to do. Your job and our firm’s goal is to make sure you end up with the highest possible settlement compensation for your injuries.
WHY CHOOSE ARATTA LAW FIRM?
At our firm, every injured client will be in direct contact with an attorney. Many large corporate law firms end up transferring you to a case manager – you never speak to an attorney directly and your case becomes part of the mill.
At our firm, we do things different. We pay close attention to every individual case, from the inception and throughout the process of the claim / lawsuit. Our diligence and attention to detail result in consistent higher settlements, which adds up to a higher compensation for you, the client.
ATTORNEY’S ABILITY TO NEGOTIATE
Even though you may have a solid personal injury claim, the skill and the attentiveness of your attorney can also considerably impact how much compensation you will receive for your injuries. If your injury claim is negotiated by a case manager, assigned to your file at a firm, and not an attorney, your claim may end up settling for a lesser amount. This is because adjusters know who they’re dealing with and how aggressive the firm is when settling injury cases. Insurance adjuster also know who they can bully into accepting lower settlements.
An attorney’s ability to negotiate a settlement is, in many ways, the most important skill an attorney possesses. Lawyers who are effective negotiators know the importance of timing, preparation and strategy. That being said, our firm recognizes the importance of precision, timing and subsequent results, which is the foundation of Aratta Law. At our firm, nothing happens by luck but by great preparation and good strategy.