Unfortunately, cuts and lacerations are extremely common across a wide array of industries. Dull blades, improper training, a lack of personal protective equipment, or poor housekeeping practices: No matter how you got injured, it’s time to make sure that you get all the benefits due to you after your experience.
Each year, approximately 30% of total workplace injuries are cuts or lacerations—or complications stemming from these painful injuries. If you’re suffering from a workplace laceration, you need to know what to do to protect your future.
What Is a Laceration?
While some might equate lacerations with simple cuts, a laceration will tend to be much more severe. Whereas a cut may only affect the top layers of skin, a laceration will penetrate into the fat, muscle, or even bone beneath.
Additionally, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration safety manual, a cut will tend to have smooth edges. A laceration, on the other end, will be jagged and rough. A laceration represents a much more serious wound, one that is more difficult to treat and heal.
There are four major types of lacerations that tend to occur:
- Relatively shallow lacerations (penetrating the fat layer, not muscle or bone) caused by very shop objects like shattered glass.
- Long, deep, wide gashes.
- Places where the victim’s skin has torn away from their body.
- Very deep abrasions resulting from intense friction.
Contact with any sharp object may cause a laceration, including metal blades, knives, and glass. A laceration will often require professional wound care. With this level of attention, a laceration will heal in a matter of weeks.
Potential Consequences of Severe Lacerations
Some lacerations are more severe than others; however, in all cases, you should prepare for the possibility of visible scars, disfigurement, or complications due to secondary infections.
In cases where a laceration is particularly deep, a worker might have to opt for amputation. Infections and circulatory issues can make this decision necessary.
This type of suffering and loss may affect your entire future. Any permanent ramifications could make working difficult – and the financial investments associated with your recovery can be steep. As a Southern California worker, you may be eligible for certain compensation that can ease your recovery—from payment for lost wages to remuneration for suffering.
Your Southern California Resource for Laceration Representation
Regardless of the trauma your injury has caused you, insurance companies will likely attempt to deny your claim without any real rationale for doing so. That’s where our firms come in.
With our experience, we can gather the evidence needed to support your case, analyze medical reports, negotiate with insurance, and manage any settlements. We can also take care of paperwork, meetings, hard conversations and more so you can concentrate on healing.
Joshua R. Kohanbash, Esq., and the team at Accident Defenders are ready to represent you aggressively and work towards a successful resolution for your case. Call our team today to learn more about how we can serve you.