Degloving Injury Accident Lawyer Niles Sneed
Attorney Niles Sneed is a Texas lawyer that handles degloving injuries after an accident. Niles
has compassion for victims suffering from this devastating type of traumatic injury and it shows in his record-setting recoveries. Personal injury accidents that result in avulsion injuries are complex and require skilled legal professional. If you or a loved one experienced a degloving injury, it is best to speak with a qualified attorney as soon as possible.
Niles Sneed will help you hold negligent or reckless party liable in causing the accident situations that resulting in you suffering life-altering injuries. Whether your live in Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, Fort Worth, or elsewhere in Texas, we can help. As always, consultations are free and you pay nothing until we successfully handle your case. Our law firm has four convenient offices throughout the State Texas and also makes home or hospital visits.
In this article, we have compiled important health information about degloving injuries and also explain what you can expect in accident cases that involve avulsions.
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What is s degloving injury?
A degloving injury, also called an avulsion, is a traumatic injury caused when the top layer of skin
and tissue is detached from the muscle, connective tissue, or bones beneath. Degloving
accidents generally happen to the hands, feet, legs, and arms, and often involved additional complication, such as bone fractures.
Any form of high force impact or crush injuries has the potential to result in a degloving injury. As an example; the speed of a motorcycle crash, force when a pedestrian is hit by a car, and heavy machinery within a workplace, are each situations in which a person's skin can by pulled aware from an part of the body.
Due to the extreme degree of harm caused in avulsion cases, it is beneficial to have some knowledge regarding the implications of a degloving injury and your legal right to compensation related to an avoidable accident.
How do degloving injuries happen?
When a big section of skin and the layer of soft tissue underneath it is partly or totally separate
from your body, this is called degloving. This often happens when a bodily component becomes
entangled in something and is removed abruptly.
Degloving frequently during car accidents, or constructions or maritime incidents involving
heavy machinery like conveyor belts, heavy wenches, or cables.
In accidents and involve a lot of force, such as a car accident, degloving injuries can occur in
multiple ways. As an example, if an automobile runs into a pedestrian, trapping the person's foot
beneath the tire. The immense pressure of the tire and the force of the forward motion, and
cause the tissue on the foot to be pulled, peeling layers of tissue off, resulting in the victim
having a degloved foot or ankle.
Although “degloving” implies the pulling away of only the top layer of tissue, it can include any
form of tissue or muscle. The human body has four basic types of tissue; connective tissue,
epithelial tissue, muscle tissue, and nervous tissue.
What types of tissue damage happens in degloving accidents?
Each of these tissue groups can be impacted in a degloving accident:
Other tissues and organs in the body rely on this tissue for stability, protection, and structure.
Additionally, connective tissue stores fat, aids in the movement of nutrients and other elements
between tissues and organs, and assists in the healing of injured tissue. Cells, fibers, and a
gel-like material make up connective tissue. Bone, cartilage, fat, blood, and lymphatic tissue are
all examples of connective tissue.
In the body, the epithelium is a kind of tissue that creates a protective coating over all internal
and external surfaces, lines the cavities and hollow organs, and is the primary tissue found in
Muscle tissue is made up of cells that may shorten or contract in order to move bodily
components. The tissue is densely packed with cells and has a rich blood supply.
Nervous tissue may be found in the brain, spinal cord, and nerves, among other places. It is in
charge of coordinating and regulating a large number of bodily functions. It promotes muscular
contraction, raises awareness of one's surroundings, and plays a significant part in the
regulation of emotions, memory, and thinking.
What side effects occur in degloving injuries?
Several outcomes may occur when a layer of tissue is stripped away from the body, including:
Infection is one of the most frequent and serious side effects of a degloving injury. When bacteria penetrates an open wound and spreads there, an infection can develop. Tissue damage may occur as a result of an infection. It may also cause sepsis when it spreads through the bloodstream and targets the surrounding tissues.
Death of tissue
Blood vessels connecting to damaged skin may be destroyed when soft tissue is removed off
the body. As a consequence, restoring the flesh will not always remedy the situation. Instead,
the flesh will perish as a result of a lack of nutrition and oxygen to the body. Avulsions can also be fatal, changing the lawsuit from a standard civil suit to a wrongful death cases.
Nerves that run through the damaged tissue may be severed as a result of the incident. If the
layer of flesh can be reattached, it is typical to experience:
Loss of temperature sensitivity
Damaged nerves may occasionally be repaired by doctors if at all feasible. If nerve endings are
still present in the peeled skin flap, the brain may reorganize itself to transmit and receive
signals to the wounded region.
When injured tissue is replaced with less malleable new cells, scars form as a result. When skin
is degloved, it may leave scars. When surgeons use a skin transplant to treat an injury, the
chances of scarring rise as new skin is being attached to a different surface leaving an obvious
A doctor may propose an amputation if the degloving injury has seriously harmed the tissue. Blood
vessel, nerve, and skin injuries may result in tissue that is too damaged to recover correctly.
Assume your ring was stuck in a machine in the course of a workplace mishap. All of the skin,
muscle, and underlying tissue may be removed from the finger, exposing just the bones.
In this scenario, rather than attempting to heal the finger, a doctor may need to amputate it.
What are common causes of degloving incidents?
Bicycle and pedestrian accidents
When a vehicle collides with you and you strike the pavement, the pressures may cause tissue
to tear away from your body. One typical kind of degloving injury occurs in pedestrian accidents
when the head collides with the pavement, separating the scalp from the skull.
If you wear protective gear, you may be able to avoid your scalp degloving in the event of a
cycling accident. Sharp edges on your bicycle, automobile, or road surface, on the other hand,
may continue to scrape or even remove tissue off your arms, legs, and chest.
The uncovered parts of your body might suffer degloving injuries in a motorbike collision, even if
you are wearing a motorcycle helmet. Motorcycle accidents may entail sharp edges and
abrasive surfaces, such as shattered glass, ripped metal, and asphalt, which can cause soft
tissue to be torn from the body. If the rider is launched, he or she may slide over the pavement
or the ground, potentially pulling a considerable section of the skin and the tissue away from the
underlying ligament, bone and muscle. This kind of soft tissue avulsion is known as a degloving
injury because it happens when the soft tissue is ripped away from the bone.
Degloving of a hand and/or forearm on a construction site is a rather typical occurrence when
the upper extremity gets trapped in a machine that is not safeguarded by proper safety equipment. A workplace accident of this nature may leave a person with significant and debilitating injuries, and the employee may be entitled to many sources of compensation for his or her damages.
Child injury and safety accidents
The most frequent causes of degloving injuries to children involve situations were the child is run over by a motor vehicle, or when children are unsafely interact with farm machinery. Plastic surgeons and particularly needed when kids suffer avulsions in order to properly manage the degloved extremity. The pediatric surgeon must consider the tissues condition over the child's lifetime while also addressing the immediate need to prevent infections, tissue death, morbidity, and even limb loss. Child injury events require special attention and consideration when pursing settlements and awards.
How are degloving injuries treated?
Given the wide variety of potential degloving injuries, there are a plethora of treatment options
available, the selection of which is dependent on the severity of your injury. The treatment
procedure itself is often quite intricate, and it necessitates the rapid decision-making of
health-care experts on a number of critical issues in a short period of time.
Less severe injuries may be repaired by skin grafts or skin flaps, however more serious
symptoms may need reconstructive surgery or amputation to be repaired fully. Skin grafts and
skin flaps are two terms that refer to the same kind of element utilized in reconstructive surgery
throughout the medical field. Reconstructive operations, which include the placement of new
skin over the wound, are intended to repair degloving injuries in order to restore as much normal
appearance as feasible to the damaged regions.
The sooner a degloving injury is recognized and addressed, the better the outcome. The aim of
treating is to conserve as much tissue as possible while keeping the patient comfortable. A skin
graft or a skin flap is utilized to cover exposed flesh in this situation. The degloved tissue or
flesh from another region of the body is used to cover the exposed tissue that has been
You could eventually lose your limb or perhaps your life if you lose too much blood or if the
damage is really severe. A simple skin transplant will not be sufficient to remedy the situation in
some cases. Although reconstructive surgery may help you repair a damaged body part,
amputation may be considered if your injury is determined to be life-threatening.
What types of compensation is possible in these claims?
If you have sustained a degloving injury as a result of another's carelessness, you may be
entitled to compensation for both monetary and non-economic damages.
Medical bills and lost income are included in your economic losses. You will almost certainly
face significant medical costs for hospitalization, medications, and physical rehabilitation.
Additionally, you will lose time from work while undergoing treatment and recovering.
Non-economic losses include all aspects of your injuries that have diminished your living
standard. Non-economic damages may be sought for physical pain, emotional agony, deformity,
and scarring as well.
In case that involve commercial carriers, punitive damages could also be awarded by the jury. Ask our attorney about this form of legal punishment and if punitive damages are a possibility in your situation.
What must be proven to receive compensation in avulsion cases?
Similar to any other form of personal injury claim, the victim has the burden of establishing that the defendant engage in negligent or reckless conduct in causing the accident. To prove liability and win a car wreck case, you will need to show:
The defendant had a legal duty to use reasonable care
The defendant violated that standard of care
The defendant's act or omission caused the accident
You were physically damaged as a result.
If you were partially at-fault in causing your own harm, Texas law still allows you to receive a percentage of your damages as long as a your actions are not determined to be more at-fault than the other party.
Contact a personal injury lawyer for help
Serious car accidents result in injuries to many parts of the human body. You may be entitled to compensation for your damaged or ruptured breast implants, just like any other personal injury accident that occurs here in Texas.
To learn about the compensation you can seek for your degloving injury caused by another
party, contact Attorney Niles Sneed today for a free consultation. Niles Sneed Houston personal
injury lawyers will listen to the facts of your case and provide guidance on your best course of
action to pursue compensation.
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