A Degloving injury also called avulsion, is a severe injury characterized by the top layers of skin and tissue are torn away from underlying muscle, bones or connective tissues. In a simple sense a degloving injury is like stripping a body part of skin similar to removing a glove from one’s hand. Degloving is a severe often life- threatening injury that can affect virtually any body part.
It is an especially common injury to the legs, hands, and often to the arm or pelvic region. However, any body part or area can be subject to injury.
There are two types of Degloving injuries: Open Degloving and Closed Degloving. Regardless of which type it is, these injuries are very serious and can take a tremendous toll on someone. They can be life-altering injuries that require extensive treatment and therapy to recover from.Open Degloving
This term is applied to a condition when skin and tissue is ripped away or still partially attached as a flap near the wound. Such injuries are often caused by:
- Car vehicle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Industrial or farm accidents
- Animal bites
- Falls from heights
- Sports injuries
These injuries are normally very traumatic in nature and will not resolve themselves on their own. They normally take a great deal of medical care to resolve and from very specialized medical professionals.
These injuries, when they are inflicted by the negligence of another person or company, also often have a psychological element to them that can be difficult to recover from and that need to be addressed, in many cases, by a professional therapist, counselor, or psychologist who can help you recover mentally and emotionally.
Together, the combined efforts of doctors and mental health experts can help try to get you back to where you were prior to your injury.Closed Degloving
This term is applied to injuries that are sometime not visible. Often a bruise is the only visible symptom. Closed Degloving involves the separation of the top layers of skin and tissue from deeper tissues. This creates a space called Morel-Lavallee lesions. These lesions can fill with blood, lymph fluid, etc. Closed Degloving injuries often have the same causes as listed above with Open Degloving. The most common location for a Closed Degloving injury is at the top of the hip bone. However, it can also occur in the torso, lower spine, buttocks and elsewhere.Diagnosis and Treatment
Diagnosis of an Open Degloving injury is commonly made by visual inspection of the wound by a qualified medical professional. Tissue is torn away or attached by a flap. A Closed Degloving injury is typically diagnosed by an MRI scan.
Such a scan can detect Morel-Lavallee lesions. Treatment will depend on the type of Degloving injury, the location and severity of the injury. Complicating treatment will often be the existence of other serious injuries, such as blood loss, broken bones, damage to vital organs, etc. Treatment may include removing dead tissue, reattaching the skin, surgical reattachment of fingers, toes or other body parts, skin grafts, or even amputation. Not all emergency rooms are equipped to handle such injuries.
Advanced level trauma centers are often required to treat the severity and range of injuries often associated with Degloving injuries. Hospitalization is often lengthy, with multiple surgeries required. Extended post hospitalization physical therapy is very common.How The Jackman Law Firm Can Help
Chris Jackman and the Jackman Law Firm recognize that Degloving injuries can be devastating financially. He will work tirelessly to represent your interests, maximize your financial settlement, and put you on the road to financial recovery.
Degloving injuries can be very serious and leave you in a financially, emotionally, and physically compromised state. You are almost certainly facing a long climb of medical care and you are also likely receiving phone calls from insurance companies asking you to sign documents to possibly close your case. You have three years from the date of your injury to file a lawsuit, assuming you cannot settle your case out of court.
The Jackman Law Firm can help you obtain the following:
- Money for medical bills
- Money for pain and suffering
- Money for out of pocket expenses
- Money for lost wages
- Money for a loss of consortium
The insurance company for the person or company responsible for your degloving injury may or may not be reasonable when it comes to offering a fair settlement for your injuries. Worse, they or the lawyer they hire to represent you may attempt to argue that you were somehow responsible for your own injuries or that you caused the accident.
The Jackman Law firm can interview witnesses, send subpoenas for documents, and file the appropriate court documents to angle your case in the best possible light to make sure you are not left to defend yourself from an accident that was not your fault. This can be especially crucial in situations where the defendant has accused you of being either completely or partially at fault for your injuries.
If this arises in your particular case, then you need a fierce and experienced attorney who can dig into the other side’s defenses and see if they hold up or to see if they are simply frivolous. Feel free to call The Jackman Law Firm for a free consultation to discuss the particulars of your case to see if we can help you.