A degloving injury is a severe type of traumatic event where the skin and underlying tissue separate from the underlying structures, such as muscles, blood vessels, or bones.
The term “degloving” is used because the injury can result in the affected body area appearing as if the skin has been peeled off like a glove, exposing the underlying structures.
If you or a loved one have suffered such a horrible accident through the negligence of another, a Fort Myers personal injury lawyer may assist you gain compensation through pursuing a personal injury or wrongful death case.
Because of the severe injuries and potential for damage awards, insurance companies and wrongdoers often resist such cases vigorously. They will help you battle the tactics of insurance companies and their defense attorneys.
Degloving injuries can occur in various ways, such as:
Degloving accident results from a combination of compression, shearing, and tearing forces that cause the skin and soft tissue to separate from the underlying structures. Degloving accidents are invariably serious and result in severe damage to affected tissues, often including open fractures, ruptured blood vessels, nerve damage, and other associated injuries.
Treating degloving injuries may require extensive surgical intervention, including reconstructive surgery, skin grafts, and other procedures. Degloving trauma may also involve rehabilitation and long-term medical care.
Degloving injuries can be classified into two main types: open degloving injuries and closed degloving injuries, which refer to the nature of the injury and the integrity of the skin.
Proper diagnosis, treatment, and management are crucial to prevent further traumatic complications and promote healing. The most common body parts where degloving injuries occur are the legs, arms and hands.
Leg degloving injuries, arm degloving, and hand degloving injuries are complex and may result in long-term consequences, such as disfigurement, functional impairment, and emotional distress.
Degloving injuries pose significant risks to individuals who have experienced them. The possible consequences include infection, soft tissue damage, nerve damage, scarring, and disfigurement. Such injuries may also result in loss of sensation, limited range of motion, and reduced strength or dexterity.
Degloving trauma may also cause emotional and psychological effects such as anxiety, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
If a negligent party is responsible for causing a degloving injury, recovering compensation typically involves pursuing legal action against the party causing the injury. Legal action may require a number of steps before the victim is fully compensated:
Full compensation may include economic losses such as medical bills, lost wages, and compensation for permanently diminished earning capacity. Non-economic losses may include compensation for mental anguish, disfigurement, scarring, and pain and suffering.
In Florida, the statute of limitations for filing a claim for a degloving injury, or any other personal injury claim, is generally four years from the date of the injury. Failing to file within this time will nullify your chance for pursuing compensation.
We understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll that accidents can have on your life, and we are committed to providing personalized legal representation tailored to your unique situation. With our expertise in accident law, we will fight tirelessly to hold the responsible parties accountable and seek justice on your behalf.
If you or a loved one suffered life-threatening degloving trauma and have sustained injuries through the negligence of another, schedule a free case consultation by calling 239-549-6689.
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