NYC Degloving Injury Attorneys
Degloving Injury Lawyers in New York Protecting Victims’ Rights
A degloving injury is one of the most serious injuries that a person can suffer. We have seen these injuries cost people tens of thousands of dollars to treat, if not more. Sometimes, the affected hand cannot be saved, in which case our clients might suffer a permanent injury.
If you have been hurt in this type of accident, contact our law firm today. We can walk you through the different considerations.
What Are Degloving Injuries?
A degloving injury is also called an “avulsion injury." It happens when the layers of skin separate from the underlying tissue. Serious degloving injuries can expose muscle and bones, leading to infection. The term "degloving" refers metaphorically to the act of removing a glove from the hand, and many degloving injuries do affect that body part. However, the injury can affect other parts of the body, too.
Generally, there are two types of degloving injuries:
- Open degloving: the skin is torn fully away from the underlying tissue.
- Closed degloving: the skin separates but remains attached to the body. This type of degloving injury can be hard to see and might only show up as a bruise.
How Do Degloving Injuries Occur?
Most degloving injuries are caused by the following type of accidents:
- Dog bites
- Falls to a lower level
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Accidents involving machinery
Usually, a strong force tears the skin from the underlying tissue. When someone suffers an open degloving injury, they are almost always aware of it. However, closed injuries might not be apparent.
How Are Degloving Injuries Treated?
Treatment is complicated, especially for open injuries. A surgeon will try to reattach skin to underlying tissue or might use skin grafts to cover exposed areas. Often, a patient needs multiple surgeries, and some deformity often remains.
A closed degloving injury requires different treatment that varies depending on the severity. If the injury is minor, a compression garment and rest could be all that is required. More serious closed injuries could require the removal of dead tissue and drainage of any fluid buildup.
How Much Compensation Can Victims Receive?
Our NYC degloving injury attorneys calculate compensation by looking at the full cost of medical treatment, including any ongoing rehabilitation that a patient requires. We can also factor in how much income was lost as you treated your injuries.
But the compensation can go well beyond these economic losses. Many of our clients also qualify for compensation for mental and physical distress and pain. The amount will depend on many factors, including the seriousness of the injury.
For example, someone whose hand is amputated or who suffers disfigurement could qualify for much more than someone whose closed degloving injury heals in a matter of months. Instead of trying to guess how much you might receive, meet with a seasoned attorney to review your case.
Learn More from One of Our NYC Degloving Injury Attorneys
Every case is unique, which is why Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman is pleased to offer a free consultation to anyone who has suffered an open or closed degloving injury. To schedule yours, please contact us by calling 212-285-3300.