A laceration is a cut in the skin resulting from an injury, and many lacerations can be treated at home, so medical treatment is not required. However, a deeper laceration could damage your tendons, nerves and, muscles, or even lead to a fracture. In the most extreme cases it could even lead to the loss of a limb through amputation.
Common causes of lacerations and scars
Around 23 million people in the UK have some type of scar. Scars usually form after an injury and the size of a scar depends not only on the size and depth of the wound, but can also be affected by sex, race, and age. Scars can also be caused by a scald or burn injury, and in many of these cases surgery or even a skin graft may be needed. The most common causes of lacerations include:
- Road traffic accidents
- Accidents at work or school
- Accidents in public places
- Using defective products
Scarring can even occur from exposure to abrasive liquids or materials in the workplace or at home.
Treatment for lacerations
If you suffer a laceration, you can minimise the risk of infection by keeping the wound and surrounding area as clean as possible. If your wound becomes infected, you may notice redness, swelling, and discharge; you should seek medical attention immediately if you notice any of these symptoms, as you may need antibiotics or a tetanus injection. Stitches, tissue glue, or adhesive tape may be needed to help lacerations heal, and medical treatment may also be sought for scars – ointments, gels, and prescription creams can all help with the healing process.
When claiming compensation for lacerations and scars, the way scarring has affected quality of life will always be taken into consideration, so if, for example, you have scarring on your face which causes considerable embarrassment and anxiety, this will be taken into consideration when assessing your claim.
Accident Advice Helpline can usually tell you within 30 seconds whether you have a viable claim, and you can call our freephone helpline 24/7 on 0800 689 5659 – our team of advisers are always ready to take your call. We offer confidential, no obligation advice, and if you decide to proceed with a medical negligence or personal injury claim we offer a no win no fee service. Because we’re personal injury compensation specialists, we don’t deal with any other area of law, so you know you’re getting the best possible service from a team of experts.