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Lacerations Caused by Car Accidents

Car accidents can cause serious injuries, such as cuts and lacerations, that may require long-term treatment and rehabilitation.

Lacerations from Chicago car accident

One of the common types of injuries suffered by car accident victims includes cuts and lacerations. In this post, we will discuss car accident-related laceration injuries.

How are Lacerations Caused?

It takes just a bat of an eyelid for a car accident to occur. But those few seconds can change the victim’s life significantly. The battered and mauled automobile can cause serious injuries to its occupants. Lacerations can be caused by:

  • The crushed automobile glass enters an occupant’s body
  • Sharp metal parts slash the body
  • The victims smashing into objects outside the car
  • The high-impact jolt cause compound fractures in the body.

Types of Lacerations

  • Cut Lacerations:  It is the most common type of laceration injury. It occurs when a sharp object comes in contact with the skin and cuts through the epidermis or the outer layer of the skin. In more severe cases, these lacerations can extend to the deeper layers of the skin as well.
  • Overstretching: Although these types of lacerations rarely occur in car accidents, but they may occur in case of a very serious crash. These lacerations occur when an object hits the skin at such an angle that the skin gets pulled leading to skin tearing, stretching, and cracking. When the skin layers break, it can cause scar tissue to form during the healing process.
  • Split Lacerations:  This type of injury occurs when two objects hit and crush a part of the body. When compression occurs, the tissues and skin tear.
  • Grinding Compression:  These injuries occur when an object brushes against the skin at an angle, pulling the skin and peeling it back. When the top layer of skin gets peeled back, the epidermis gets damaged and the underlying tissue gets crushed.

Consequences of Lacerations

Lacerations can lead to serious blood loss, which if not treated in time can lead to death. It may require a series of surgeries to restore all the damages suffered by the body in a car accident. Here are some of the complications that can be caused by lacerations:

  • Serious Infections that might need amputation of affected body parts
  • Damage to major muscles and tissues that may need surgical treatment
  • Scarring of tissue in and around the wound
  • Massive blood loss
  • Death
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