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Bruise and Laceration

Victims of motor vehicle and other accidents often suffer from bruises and lacerations. Fortunately, most of these injuries are relatively minor. There are exceptions, and some bruising and laceration can cause serious issues. This is especially true if the accident victim had an underlying health disorder, or if the bruising involves a major organ, such as the brain or lungs. Facial lacerations may result in scarring and disfigurement.  

After any kind of accident caused by another party, it is imperative to seek medical treatment right away. Failing to do so might not only harm your claim, but could put your health at risk. Without a prompt medical examination, the insurance adjuster will allege the bruising and lacerations did not occur because of the incident caused by their client.  

The Los Angeles accident lawyers at Ellis Injury Law will investigate your case and hold those responsible for your bruises, lacerations and other injuries accountable. We will negotiate with insurance companies so you may receive the compensation you deserve for these injuries.  

Bruises and laceration 

Bruises, also known as contusions, result when trauma causes blood vessels to break. In car accidents, bad bruising frequently occurs from the seat belt. The seat belt may have saved the person’s life, but the impact can cause considerable bruising and chest pain.  

A severe bruise can cause a hematoma to form. When blood collects from a hematoma, surgical drainage is sometimes necessary. Severe bruising can lead to blood clots. It may also indicate internal organ damage.  

Generally, bruising starts to fade within a few weeks. If the bruise does not fade after several weeks, or actually gets darker, see a doctor. The same holds true if the bruise seems to become larger and firmer rather than shrinking.  A growing bruise may indicate internal bleeding, which causes significant health issues. Photograph your bruises after the injury so you can tell how they are changing over time.  

Laceration is a wound, more severe than a cut or abrasion. These wounds usually require stitching or gluing together of the skin. Skin grafts are needed in the worst cases. People with diabetes and other immune disorders are at greater risk of developing infection from a wound.  

If the wound becomes infected, that could result in serious illness. See a doctor immediately if a laceration displays any of the following characteristics: 

  • Swelling 
  • Pain 
  • Heat 
  • Pus drainage  

Such infections may also cause the person to experience chills. In a worst-case scenario, an infection could prove fatal.  

Bruise and laceration causes  

Besides motor vehicle accidents, bruising and laceration often occur in premises liability cases. That may mean a slip and fall accident or an animal attack. A property owner has the responsibility to maintain their premises in a safe manner for visitors. If they allow known hazards to exist on the property, such as broken stairs or holes in pavement, they are potentially liable for any injuries caused.  

Pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists hit by a vehicle often suffer bruises and lacerations.  

Although some injuries resulting in bruising and laceration are serious, they are not a catastrophic injury.  

Bruising and laceration damages 

Damages, or compensation, for serious bruising and lacerations may include: 

  • Medical expenses, current and future 
  • Lost wages 
  • Pain and suffering 

If the victim was involved in a car accident, he or she may receive property damage reimbursement for their vehicle.  

Compensation depends on the severity of the injury and its effect on the individual’s life. Damages are higher if the wound was disfiguring or left substantial scarring. The same holds true if nerve damage is involved or if the accident victim struggles with chronic pain.   

Contact a Los Angeles accident lawyer  

If you or a loved one suffered from serious bruising and lacerations because of another party’s negligence, contact the Los Angeles accident lawyers at Ellis Injury Law for a free consultation. Just fill out our online contact form or call or text 24/7 and schedule an appointment.  

We will review your claim and let you know whether you have grounds for filing a personal injury lawsuit. Our dedicated attorneys have recovered millions of dollars in settlements for injured clients. There is never a fee unless we win.