Experienced Degloving Accident Attorneys
Arm and hand Degloving injuries occur when soft tissue and skin are forcibly ripped off the body, just like when a glove is pulled off someone’s hand, revealing the muscles, tendons, bones and tissue underneath. A degloving is a flesh wound injury also known as an avulsion injury. This catastrophic injury typically occurs on the feet, legs, torso, arms and hands. Arm and hand degloving accidents are also very common.
Hand and arm degloving injuries are usually trauma related as a tremendous amount of force is required to separate the skin from the body. Most often a crushing or penetrating force is the cause. The forces capable of producing degloving injuries occur in the following accidents:
- Car Accidents: car accidents involve heavy objects moving at fast speeds. In serious car accidents a passenger or driver can be ejected from the vehicle during the course of the accident. The body of an ejected passenger can drag along the asphalt which can cause the skin to tear off the body.
- Pedestrian Accidents: The human body is no match for a car and many degloved hands and arm accidents occur when the arm and hand gets stuck between a hard, fixed surface like the floor of a parking lot and a moving object like the wheel of a car.
- Motorcycle Accidents: motorcycle operators and passengers do not have the same protection as car drivers and passengers. Their bodies are exposed. In most motorcycle accidents drivers and passengers are thrown from the bike. When this happens their bodies will drag along the asphalt which produces road rash injuries that can tear all the skin from a human hand.
- Workplace Accidents: Industrial machines that work on conveyor belts or that have many moving parts can catch a worker’s clothing pulling a hand or arm into the machine. Hand degloving injuries are commonly produced by lathes, punch presses and other large powerful industrial machines.
Most medical treatment after a hand or finger degloving injury centers on restoring the hand to the condition it was in prior to the accident. This might be impossible and it all depends on the nature and extent of the damage.
In serious cases immediate treatment is required to reduce the risk of amputating the hand or finger. In most cases treatment will center around restoring the structure and functioning of the hand and fingers. However, a degloved hand injury usually comes with associated injuries that involve fractured wrists and finger, torn tendons and ligaments, and nerve damage. Treatment might be provided by several types of doctors including orthopedics, plastic surgeons, vascular surgeons, occupational therapists and wound care specialists.
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