After you are involved in a car accident, you may have lacerations as a result of broken glass. This can lead to serious pain and may even cause scars or disfigurement. If you are not responsible for the car accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
What Causes Lacerations
Any sharp objects you come in contact with during a car accident can lead to lacerations. This can include broken glass, sharp metal, and even objects inside your car. These cuts might require stitches or even surgery.
Crushing objects can also cause lacerations because they can cause objects to hit and crush your body. Objects sometimes strike the skin at a high velocity and brush the skin back and cause tears. In rare cases, during serious accidents, overstretching can lead to lacerations.
How To Respond After the Accident
A laceration can lead to blood loss and needs to be treated as soon as possible. The body part affected by the laceration can become infected and can lead to it needing to be amputated in some cases. Therefore, you will need to seek medical treatment as soon as possible. You will always want to assume that a laceration is serious even if you don't think it is.
Seeking medical treatment is also important so that you can document your injuries. This will be necessary if you later choose to take legal action against the party responsible for the accident.
Document Your Injuries in Other Ways
Because your injuries will heal after the accident, they may not seem as severe after the accident as they heal. You will want to take photographs of your injuries. If you are not able to do this, you should get in contact with witnesses who saw you after the accident and can describe how serious your injuries were.
Discuss With Your Attorney the Expected Settlement Amount
After you are discharged from the hospital, you will be entitled to compensation for any of your medical bills and any treatments you may need. Your car accident attorney will help you calculate future medical expenses you may need to pay for.
In addition to future medical expenses, you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages that result from your time spent recovering. More than anything, lacerations can be very painful and being disfigured by them can be traumatic. You will be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering.