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Bruise and Laceration Injury Lawyers

Bruises, caused by the rupture of blood vessels beneath the skin, and lacerations, which are cuts or tears in the skin, are frequently observed outcomes in the aftermath of motor vehicle accidents and other traumatic incidents. While some bruises and lacerations may be minor and can heal with time and self-care, others can be significant and can lead to a lifetime of pain and suffering.

Your injuries may necessitate medical intervention. If you or a loved one has suffered serious bruises and lacerations in an accident caused by another party’s negligence, you may be eligible for compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

The seasoned California Injury Lawyers at Ellis Law stand ready to assist you. We will advocate for you and strive to hold those responsible accountable for your injuries. Contact us to set up a free, no-obligation consultation.

About Lacerations and Bruises

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The term “laceration” is used in the medical field to describe injuries where the skin has been torn or cut apart. Unlike superficial cuts, deep lacerations have the potential to cause serious pain and damage to tendons, ligaments, and muscles. These deep gashes or tears within the skin can leave accident victims with not only unsightly but also debilitating scars.

Potential repercussions

Beyond the visible impact, these injuries can cause significant pain, result in long-term disabilities, and, in rare cases, death. Deep lacerations can lead to various complications, including a heightened risk of infections. Neglecting deep lacerations may have long-term repercussions including scar tissue formation, decreased range of motion, or persistent pain. 

Just like lacerations, a bruise severe enough can have implications beyond visible discoloration and could potentially lead to serious medical complications. Following an accident or trauma, the presence of bruises can be a sign of internal injuries. Abdominal bruising, for instance, may be a sign of internal bleeding or organ damage.

When bruising appears on the head, neck, or face following a vehicle collision, it is important to be aware of additional symptoms that may indicate a more serious underlying injury. These symptoms include:

  • Headaches and dizziness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Blurred vision, double vision, or other changes in eyesight
  • Difficulty speaking or slurred speech
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Memory loss or confusion

Even if you believe your injuries are minor, seeking the opinion of a medical professional ensures a thorough evaluation and diagnosis of potential underlying issues. The attorneys at Ellis Law are are knowledgeable in medical issues such as this and can assist in finding proper medical treatment. 

Common Causes of Bruises and Lacerations

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Bruising and laceration injuries can result from a range of incidents. Some of the most common situations we frequently encounter that cause these types of injuries include:

  • Car Accidents: High-impact collisions between vehicles can unexpectedly jolt occupants, resulting in bruises across various body parts. The force exerted by seatbelts— airbag deployment— can lead to contusions.
  • Slip and Fall Accidents: Individuals experiencing slips or trips can forcefully collide with objects or surfaces during a fall, leading to noticeable bruising.
  • Workplace Accidents: In industries like construction or manufacturing, employees may experience bruising injuries due to being struck by heavy objects or machinery.
  • Motorcycle Accidents: Injuries stemming from crashes involving bicycles or motorcycles, where the impact of the vehicle, road, or surroundings leads to bruises.
  • Dog Bites: If bitten by a dog, you might experience bruising around the bite area or on other parts due to the force of the bite and subsequent shaking or impact.

Vehicle collisions stand out as a significant cause of bruise and laceration injuries, often rooted in a driver’s negligence. The negligent actions of drivers, such as reckless driving, failure to obey traffic rules, or distracted or drunk driving, significantly contribute to the occurrence of these injuries.

Moreover, lacerations or bruise injuries are prevalent in the construction or manufacturing industries. Statistics reveal that approximately 30% of all workplace injuries involve cuts or lacerations, with about 70% of those injuries occurring to the hands or fingers (BWC).

This alarming trend can be attributed to factors like improper training or the lack of enforced safety procedures. Accidents are often avoidable, but negligence frequently plays a role in causing injuries. Identifying and holding negligent parties accountable is essential for preventing future accidents.

What Damages Can You Claim After an Accident?

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In a standard California personal injury claim, individuals can seek recovery for various types of damages, which typically include:

  • Medical Expenses: Compensation for all past and future medical costs such as hospital bills, medications, surgeries, and assistive devices.
  • Lost Wages: Recovery for income lost due to time away from work during the recovery period.
  • Pain and Suffering: Non-economic damages to account for the physical and emotional distress caused by the injuries.
  • Rehabilitation Costs: Coverage for expenses related to physical or occupational therapy, rehabilitation services, and ongoing treatment necessary for recovery.
  • Disfigurement: Compensation for any permanent physical disfigurement resulting from the injuries.

Compensation awarded by courts varies and determining potential damage awards is a complex process. Several factors contribute to the variability in court-awarded compensation, making each case unique. Some of the factors that will impact the settlement amount you receive include:

  1. The severity of your injuries
  2. The degree of culpability of the defendant
  3. The amount of medical bills and other expenses you incur

Our Los Angeles laceration injury lawyers will skillfully negotiate the significance of these factors to advocate for the best possible compensation for your claim.

Securing Your Legal Rights After an Accident: Steps to Take

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Whether you’ve faced injuries from a car crash, slip and fall, or other traumatic accident resulting from the actions of a negligent driver, employer, or another responsible party, knowing the right steps to take can significantly impact your ability to seek compensation. Here are the crucial actions to take:

  1. Report the incident to the police to ensure an official record is created for the accident.
  2. Prioritize your health and seek immediate medical attention for any injuries, making sure to keep detailed records of medical examinations, treatments, and expenses.
  3. Capture clear and close-up photographs of your injuries, providing visual documentation of the location, size, and color of bruises and other injuries.
  4. During your recovery process, document specific details about your symptoms. Note the date, time, and intensity of the pain, and record any additional symptoms like swelling, stiffness, or numbness. Consistent and thorough documentation will strengthen your case.
  5. Consult with an experienced laceration and bruise injury attorney to understand your rights and evaluate the potential for legal action.

The success of your lawsuit hinges on demonstrating negligence on the part of the accused party. This involves establishing a direct link between negligence and bruise and laceration injuries. You do not have to face this legal battle alone, at Ellis Law, we are here to advocate for you and will diligently work to establish the negligent party was in fact, at fault.

If you have suffered injuries, taking prompt action is essential to the success of your case. The statute of limitations in California is generally two years from the date of the accident. We understand that legal battles can be emotionally taxing, and we strive to be a pillar of support for our clients throughout the entire legal process.

What Ellis Injury Law Can Do for You?

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When facing the aftermath of bruise and laceration injuries, having a lawyer by your side is crucial. Ellis Law is dedicated to providing comprehensive legal support and advocacy for those who have suffered injuries due to the negligence of others.

Given the complexity of these lawsuits, enlisting the services of skilled legal representation is highly advised. An experienced laceration and cut wounds lawyer at Ellis Injury Law will help navigate the intricacies of the legal process, build a compelling case, and advocate for your rights and compensation.

We are equipped with the necessary resources and will conduct exhaustive investigations into all aspects contributing to your accident. In addition, we will help collect evidence and negotiate with insurance companies to secure the best settlement possible for you. If circumstances demand, we are prepared to fight for you in court.

Contact Our Los Angeles Bruise and Laceration Lawyers

Contacting a Los Angeles Bruise and Laceration injury attorney at Ellis Injury Law is critical, especially considering the potential financial toll these injuries can inflict. Prolonged recovery periods lasting months or even years can result in significant medical expenses, lost wages, and other financial burdens.

If you or a loved one has sustained bruises or lacerations due to someone else’s negligence, it’s essential to consult with legal professionals who can guide you through the process of seeking justice and compensation for your injuries. Schedule a free consultation by calling (213) 354-8772 to speak with a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer and let’s discuss your case.