Broken glass. Jagged metal. Contact with the road. Cuts and lacerations are some of the most common injuries resulting from car and motorcycle collisions.
While the defendant’s insurance company wants to downplay these injuries as “just a few cuts and scrapes,” the truth is these injuries can be severe, disfiguring, and even life threatening.
If you’ve suffered from severe cuts and lacerations during the course of your car or motorcycle accident, reach out to the lawyers at Merchant Law. We have decades of experience negotiating high settlements for these kinds of injuries, as well as helping juries understand just how serious they really are.
Does Alberta consider cuts and lacerations to be serious injuries?
Yes, and for good reason.
Cuts and lacerations often require stitches. Some go straight down to the bone and become dangerous potential infection sites. There are even internal lacerations, such as aortic dissections, a life threatening injury involving the separation of aorta walls in the heart.
Even external cuts and lacerations can cause massive bleeding, enough to threaten the life of the motorist.
Most require extensive emergency care, including surgery. Many will require months of follow-up care.
Rest assured that they will be covered under the normal pain and suffering caps, not the $5,000 “minor injury cap on pain and suffering that Alberta uses for soft tissue injuries such as strains and sprains.
What are some common complications of cuts and lacerations?
Infection is the biggest risk. Infections can lead to far more serious diseases, like necrotizing fasciitis, a flesh-eating bacterial infection. Gangrene is another common infection.
In most cases, if you get hospital care fast enough you won’t face these complications, but if you do the care and treatment of them should absolutely be included in your personal injury claim.
In some extremely severe cases cuts and lacerations can result in the amputation of one of your limbs. Again, your car accident claim should absolutely cover all aspects of this surgery, as well as the costs of learning how to navigate your life around the lost limb, or the costs of receiving a prosthetic to replace it.
How can you win your cut and laceration claim?
Involve a lawyer as quickly as you can. Ideally, you’ll involve a lawyer as soon as you’re medically able to pick up the phone, and will do so before you speak to the insurance companies involved.
We can file the claim for you, and this is a good thing. Insurance companies will often trick you into doing or saying things which might vastly reduce the value of your claim.
Keep in mind that many who suffer cuts and lacerations in a car accident aren’t in any shape to, say, gather insurance information or take photographs. If this describes your situation know that we can help by gathering evidence on your behalf.
Why Merchant Law?
When you work with Merchant Law you’re working with some of Alberta’s most experienced personal injury lawyers. We’re known as some of the toughest negotiators and litigators in the province. We’ll get you the money you need to recover from your injuries, and we won’t let insurance companies run roughshod over you.
Call (403) 225-7777 today, or visit our office at 2710 17th Ave SE. We answer phones 24 hours a day to make sure you get the support you deserve after your accident.