Catastrophic Degloving Injury: Causes and Effects
A degloving injury is one of the most devastating and traumatic injuries that commonly occurs on work sites and within the trucking industry. This is a type of injury classified whenever the skin is completely pulled off of a person’s hand and arm. This leaves only the bones, muscles and, tissue, but often those body parts are also left with serious trauma. It’s a condition that can put a person at risk for significant illness and sometimes even death.
The Primary Causes of a Degloving Injury: Vehicular & Workplace Accidents
If you work as a truck driver or at a commercial or industrial facility in which you operate heavy machinery, then you are most at risk for this type of injury. For example, employees working with heavy equipment like forklifts, conveyor belts, and tractors are at risk for getting a limb trapped, pulled, and/or crushed by that equipment so as to peel the skin off and cause a debilitating degloving injury.
Such industrial accidents are most often caused through company, policy, or coworker negligence. This includes operating known defective machinery, OSHA violations, unsafe and careless work practices. In order to quickly investigate and address the causes of such a work site accident, it is integral to contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
Truck drivers are also susceptible to this type of injury in situations of high-speed accidents. Sometimes what occurs is known as a closed degloving injury in which the pelvic suffers massive bruising and damage.
If you or someone you know is a victim of a work site injury, it is important to have a professional attorney review your case to uphold your legal rights. Learn more by contacting us today.