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Personal Injury Claims Against CALTRANS

The state of California has both its own pathway and repair construction agency, commonly known as “Caltrans.” Caltrans falls underneath the California Department of Transportation (“DOT”) and manages California’s highway system, including both the Expressway System and California Freeway. Caltrans is also involved in the state’s public transportation systems.   Of the many automobile accidents that occur throughout California, some are caused by conditions of the roads, and in many instances, due to falling objections or debris from Caltrans workers.   If you have been involved in an automobile accident which was triggered by the negligence of contractors or state Caltrans employees, speak to an attorney who can help you receive any compensation you may be entitled to.   DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION’S RESPONSIBILITES   Caltrans is responsible for making repairs on the roadways. It is also responsible for warning drivers of dangers or treats on the roadway. When Caltrans is aware of a danger and fails to disclose and warn, this is considered reckless and negligent.   In addition, the organization is required to fix the freeway when necessary, to repair and provide highway guardrails, and repair any missing or damaged medians. When construction zones are set up, the organization is required to warn drivers of the dangers. This means that drivers must be advised when hazards such as sinkholes or open trenches are present.   Additionally, Caltrans is required to give appropriate training to all their employees and personnel. The failure of Caltrans to satisfy their duties can lead to serious injury and even death.   POTENTIAL DANGERS CAUSED BY CALTRANS NEGLIGENCE   Caltrans may be held liable when an accident and subsequent injury is caused by the state’s construction, repairs, failure to meet warning requirements, metro department, etc.   Examples of dangers which may commonly be caused by Caltrans negligence include the following:   Potholes: When a pothole goes unrepaired it can lead to lasting and significant damage. Objects Falling: Falling concrete, dust from cement or construction, or other materials can fall and create an accident. Repair Vehicles: Caltrans has a significant amount of repair vehicles on and around roads throughout California. When these repair vehicles do not have their supplies, equipment, cargo or chemicals controlled and secured properly, they present a risk for accidents. Manhole Covers: When Caltrans fails to install a proper covering for a manhole or trench, it can create a hazard to drivers and pedestrians. An uncovered manhole can cause significant damage to a vehicle and injuries to passengers, or even cause a pedestrian to fall leading to injury or death.   COMMON INJUIRES RELATED TO CALTRANS NEGLIGENCE   Caltrans negligence can lead to a variety of injuries. These injures can range from minor to severe. Common examples include the following:   Damage to car frame Blown tires and bent wheels Broken windows and windshields Scratches and dents Head wounds Abrasions and Lacerations Damage to eyesight Hearing loss Disfigurement and amputation Lasting psychological trauma Death   SEEK HELP IF YOU HAVE SUFFERED DUE TO CALTRANS NEGLIGENCE   If you been involved in an accident caused by Caltrans negligence, you may be able to receive compensation for your damages. Reach out to a qualified attorney at Silva Injury Law who can represent you and your rights and ensure the responsible parties pay for your damages.

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Open and Obvious Defense in Trip and Fall Injury Cases

In a personal injury case, a defendant may attempt to use what is called the “open and obvious” rule as a defense. The “open and obvious” rule is an exception to premises liability law, which can be utilized as a defense by a property owner in order to explain why they should not be held liable for injuries that were a result of a fall on their property.   In order to determine whether the open and obvious rule will apply in a case is a question best assessed by an experienced attorney. Premises liability laws can be complicated and a lawyer who is familiar with these laws and limitations can ensure the best result. If you have been involved in a fall or accident, speak to an attorney at Silva Injury Law who can assess your case and represent your rights.   APPLICATION OF THE OPEN AND OBVIOUS RULE   Property owners have a responsibility to visitors on their property to keep the area safe and free of hazardous conditions. Often property owners are held liable when injury results from their failure to keep conditions safe or to warn of such conditions. The open and obvious rule, however, provides a defense for property owners when the injury results from a clearly dangerous condition. Essentially, visitors are expected to exercise their discretion when they are faced with an obvious and apparent danger.   The Court in California has explained that “Generally, if a danger is so obvious that a person could reasonably be expected to see it, the condition itself serves as a warning, and the landowner is under no further duty to remedy or wan of the condition.” (Jacobs v. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Company (2017) 14 Cal.App.5th 438.)   Generally, whether or not a dangerous condition is considered to be open and obvious is determined based on the standard of a “reasonable person.” This means that if a certain hazard would be apparent to a reasonable person in the same position, the rule may apply. The standard will be adjusted when the encounter between the injured party and the condition is unusual, such as the injured being of young age.   A defendant who seeks to use the open and obvious rule to show they did not owe a duty of care to the injured plaintiff must show that foreseeability and reasonableness support the application of the rule.     LEGAL PROCESS   The inquiry into whether or not a plaintiff will succeed in an injury claim, and whether a defendant’s open and obvious defense will succeed are fact intensive. Experts play a significant role in determining whether or not the condition was open and obvious, and whether or not the defendant had a duty to remedy the danger.   California Courts also may present the issue of whether a defect is open and obvious to the jury to determine. When this type of issue is presented to a jury, experts play a vital role.   WHEN IT IS NOT A COMPLETE DEFENSE   California Courts have established that the open and obvious rule is not a complete defense when “it is foreseeable that the danger may cause injury despite the fact that it is obvious.” (Osborn v. Mission Ready Mix (1990) 224 Cal.App.3d 104, 122.) This most frequently applies when necessity requires a person to encounter the dangerous condition.   Additionally, even if a condition is considered open and obvious, this does not always bar recovery for damages.   CONTACT AN ATTORNEY   An attorney is in the best position to assist you in proving your case. If you have been injured on another’s property, speak with an attorney at Silva Injury Law who can protect your rights.

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What Are the Most Common Types of Personal Injury Claims in California?

There are numerous reasons why a person would hire a personal injury attorney to represent them in California. With accidents being one of the leading causes of both injury and death throughout the United States, there are over 400,000 personal injury claims filed each year.   The most common personal injury claims throughout California include the following:   Injuries related to car accidents: Car accidents and subsequent injuries are a leading cause of personal injury lawsuits. Automobile accidents can leave victims with significant injuries that often require expensive medical treatment. If you or a loved one suffers injuries in a car accident caused by another driver’s negligence, you may be able to seek compensation for the damage to your property and for your injuries.   Medical malpractice: While the purpose of doctors and medical professionals is to help us when we are either injured or sick, unfortunately this does not always happen. Medical negligence causes hundreds of thousands of people to experience increased physical suffering and wrongful death per year. When a patient is injured due to the negligence of a medical professional, they may seek compensation from the doctor or hospital for their damages.   Dog bites and animal attacks: There are a significant number of attacks from dogs and other animals in California each day. California imposes strict liability for animals which requires that dog owners be held liable for damages that result from an unprovoked dog bite, even if their dog has not bitten anyone before. Even in instances where a bite does not occur, but injury does, an owner may be liable for damages if they were negligent.   Slip and fall accidents: A slip and fall is when someone falls due to the unsafe conditions on a person or company’s property. A few examples of these unsafe conditions can include cracks in the sidewalk, poorly lit or unmaintained stairwells, and slick floors. When injury results from the improper maintenance of property, the victim may seek compensation from the property owner.   Traumatic injuries: Traumatic injuries can result from a variety of accidents. Common traumatic injuries include spinal cord injuries, amputations, brain injuries, disfigurement and burns. When someone incurs a traumatic injury, they often have extreme medical bills, are unable to work and live as normal, and experience severe amounts of pain and suffering. Unfortunately, with many traumatic injuries, it is rare to ever recover fully.   Construction accidents: Injuries can occur quickly and easily at construction sites. It is not uncommon for employees, patrons, tenants or passing civilians to be injured either at or near the construction site. Construction companies are required to take reasonable steps to minimize any potential risk of harm to employees and the public.   CONTACT AN ATTORNEY IF YOU HAVE BEEN INJURED If you or a loved one has been injured by someone’s negligence in California, reach out to an attorney at Silva Injury Law today. An attorney can best assess your case and ensure you receive any compensation you deserve for your damages.

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Comparative Fault in California Motorcycle Accident Cases

If you have been involved in an accident while driving your motorcycle, it is likely that the insurance companies and adjusters will attempt to defeat any claims you have through comparative fault. In order to overcome this, reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney at Silva Injury Law.   COMPARITIVE FAULT IN CALIFORNIA   It is extremely common in cases involving a motorcycle accident that both the parties involved are partially at fault. When it is not clear that one party is the victim and the other is at fault, the courts will apply what is called the “pure comparative fault” method in order to determine which parties are entitled to compensation and what amount that compensation should be.   California’s comparative fault law is a pure comparative fault standard in cases that involve negligence and injury. Comparative fault, put simply, means that an individual will be compensated for an injury claim based on the individual’s share of the fault for the accident. Essentially, the more you are at-fault for the cause of the accident, the less compensation you will receive for your incurred damages.   As California has a pure comparative fault standard, this allows victims of accidents to recover compensation even if they are as much as 99 percent responsible for the accident.   As an example, you are involved in a motorcycle accident and you have a subsequent claim wroth $100,000. The insurance company can claim that you are 60 percent at fault for causing the crash, and if they succeed the compensation that you receive for your injuries would be reduced by 60 percent.   COMPARATIVE FAULT IN CASES INVOLVING MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS   It is unfortunately common for motorcycle accident victims to be struck by an automobile. These accidents can be the automobile driver’s fault, when they fail to check and see a motorcycle before pulling into an intersection or changing lanes. These accidents can also be the motorcyclist’s fault if they are driving negligently or recklessly. Most likely, it is a combination of fault.   There are unfortunate stereotypes which surround motorcycle drivers. Many believe that bikers are reckless and dangerous in the way they drive, exceeding safe speeds and irresponsibly driving through traffic. Insurance companies have a tendency to rely on these stereotypes and will often allege that a rider is responsible for causing a crash. Insurance companies will use this tactic as a way to reduce the amount they must pay in a claim. Under comparative fault standards, the more blame that is placed on the biker, the less money an insurance company is required to pay.   AN ATTORNEY CAN HELP IN YOUR MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT CASE   An experienced personal injury attorney can understand the various tactics used by insurance companies, including the attempted use of comparative fault to reduce the potential value of a valid claim. If you have been injured while driving your motorcycle, you have a right for fair compensation. An attorney at Silva Injury Law can help you navigate insurance companies and comparative fault claims to ensure that negligent and reckless drivers are held responsible for the injuries and suffering they have caused you and your loved ones.

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Trivial Defect Defense in Trip and Fall Injury Case

It is unfortunately common for trip and fall incidents to cause serious and lasting injuries. When the tripping and falling has occurred on someone’s property, and it results in injury, there is a potential premises liability case. In the process of determining liability, the court may apply what is called the “trivial defect” doctrine.   If you have been involved in a trip-and-fall incident and were injured, reach out to an attorney at Silva Injury Law who can best navigate your case to ensure you are compensated fairly for your injuries and suffering.   THE TRIVIAL DEFECT DOCTRINE   Before an injured party can recover for their injuries in a trip and fall case, they must prove that the defendant, often the owner of the property, maintained dangerous conditions on the property, and that the owner either knew or should have known about the dangerous condition. Additionally, the injured party must prove that the condition which caused the fall was not considered a “trivial defect.”   A “trivial defect” in California is generally understood to be when the change in elevation of a walkway is of 3/4 of an inch or less. However, some courts in California have held that a change in elevation of 1.5 inches or less is trivial. What this means in a trip and fall case is that if you trip and fall over a raised portion of a walkway which is less than 1.5 inches, your claim may be discarded. Even if your injuries from falling were severe, a judge may be able to throw out the case completely based on this rule. Despite this, however, there are exceptions to this general rule which may allow a claim to prevail despite the trivial defect doctrine.   EXCEPTIONS TO THE TRIVIAL DEFECT DOCTRINE   The trivial defect doctrine is a fact-based test, meaning the court will determine whether it applies on a case-by-case basis. In cases where the area is well-lit, and you are familiar with the area, and there was nothing liming you from seeing the potential trip hazard, the court will most likely assign blame to you.   However, if it was dark, the lighting was inadequate, you were not familiar with the area, if poor weather conditions or some type of debris concealed the danger, then you can possibly overcome the trivial defect argument. If the court, in looking at all of the facts and circumstances surrounding the fall, determines there were sufficient reasons you were not able to see and avoid the condition, you will be allowed to further pursue the case.   HOW A LAWYER CAN HELP IN A TRIP AND FALL CASE   In order to win a case and receive fair compensation for the injures obtained due to a trip and fall, it is best to speak to a qualified attorney. An attorney can help determine if the factors in your case are sufficient to prove that the defendant was aware, or should have been aware, of the danger, or if the defendant created the dangerous conditions. An attorney can prepare for any potential defense attempts to use the trivial defect doctrine to defeat the claims.   Reach out the experienced attorneys at Silva Injury Law today if you have suffered from a trip and fall case.

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California Dog Bite Law: When Bite Occurs on Private vs. Public Property

According to the California Department of Public Health, there are around five million people who suffer a dog bite injury every single year in the United States. While some dog bites are minor, some bites are serious and can require treatment. When children are involved in a dog bite incident it may become fatal.   If you or a loved one has been injured due to a dog bite, reach out to an attorney at Silva Injury Law who can ensure that you are fairly compensated for any pain, suffering, and damages that resulted from the dog bite.   CALIFORNIA LAWS RELATED TO DOG BITES   California law has addressed the issue of liability in dog bite cases. The law is clear that the owner of the dog is liable for injuries from a dog bite when 1) their dog was the cause of the injuries, and 2) the person who was injured was in a public place, or was legally in a private place when the bite took place.   It is important to note that the law only covers injuries that are a result of a dog bite. These laws do not apply the same in situations of a dog jumping, running into people, or scratching.   THE LOCATION THE BITE OCCURRED   The location that the bite takes place, whether on private or public property, can impact whether or not an owner is liable for the injuries resulting from the dog bite. In order for the dog owner to be held liable for the various damages resulting from a dog bite, it must occur on either public property, or on private property where the victim was permitted to be. Therefore, if you were walking on a public sidewalk, or in a public park, you can seek compensation for any injuries resulting from the dog bite. Additionally, if you were lawfully on another person’s property for any reason, and you were attacked and bitten by a dog, you can obtain compensation for the injuries obtained.   Therefore, when a person who was injured by the dog bite was illegally on the property, either by trespassing or entertaining private property without permission, they may not have a claim for the injury at all.   HOW AN ATTORNEY CAN HELP IF YOU HAVE BEEN INJURED BY A DOG BITE   If you have been injured in a dog bite attack, an attorney can help you obtain the financial reimbursement to cover the necessary medical and psychological treatment to heal from the attack. The law in California allows that victims of a dog bite attack are able to seek compensation for their injuries. Compensation can include reimbursement for the following:   Past, present, and future medical expenses Lost wages for time missed due to the attack and necessary requirement Pain and suffering, both physical and emotional Loss of earning potential Property damage.   If you or your child were injured by a dog bite, reach out to an attorney at Silva Injury Law who is experienced representing victim of dog bites and can ensure you are adequately compensated for your pain and suffering.

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Intersection and Left Turn Car Accidents Injury Claims in California

If you have been involved in a left turn or intersection automobile accident, reach out to the attorneys at Silva Injury Law who can assess your case and help you obtain any compensation you deserve.   PREVALENCE OF LEFT-HAND TURN ACCIDENTS   A significant number of motorist accidents occur when a driver is making a left-hand turn across oncoming traffic. This is especially common at intersections. These types of turns require that a driver not only be fully aware of the vehicles driving in the opposite direction, but also pedestrians and bicyclists who are crossing the street. On busy roadways with significant activity, if a driver misjudges the turn, is not paying attention, or is distracted, the turn can result in a number of damages to other vehicles, drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and bicyclists.   The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that accidents due to left-hand turns account for the largest number of crashes, making up approximately 22%. Within these accidents, the vast majority are regarded as due to driver error.   The errors made by drivers typically include “inadequate surveillance” and “decision errors.”  This essentially means that the driver turning left did not ensure that it was safe to turn. This often means they did not adequately check for pedestrians, bicycles or other vehicles. Decision errors occur when a driver misjudges another driver or person’s actions, makes a turn without having a full view, or performs a maneuver that is illegal.   When an automobile makes a left turn and collides with another car, motorcycle, bicycle or pedestrian, there is a substantial likelihood of injury that can be both serious and fatal. These injuries can lead to claims for significant damages and possibly wrongful death claims.   LIABILITY IN LEFT-HAND TURN ACCIDENTS   Under California law, a driver who is turning left must yield the right of way to the oncoming vehicles and must make sure they have the adequate space to make a complete turn without interrupting the oncoming traffic. This is why that in the majority of cases involving a left-hand turn accident, the driver who attempted to make the left turn is found to be liable for the accident. This is not always the case, however, and there are a number of exceptions, such as:   The car going straight through the intersection ran a red light. The car going through the intersection was speeding. The other driver was operating their vehicle either illegally or distracted. Unforeseen circumstances, such as an animal or obstacle wanders to the roadway.   REACH OUT TO AN ATTORNEY IF YOU HAVE BEEN INJURED IN A CAR ACCIDENT   Insurance companies and their claim adjusters may seek to limit or deny claims related to left-turn injuries. Having an experienced attorney on your case can ensure you receive the appropriate financial compensation for your injuries and damages. If you or a loved one has been a victim of a left-hand turn accident, you should reach out to an attorney at Silva Injury Law today.

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Weather-Related Car Accident Injury in California

An average of 5,000 people are killed and another 418,000 people injured in weather-related crashes according to the Federal Highway Administration. Heavy rain, ice, snow, fog and other poor weather conditions contribute to car crashes. Despite driving safely, bad weather causes a significant increase in the likelihood of being in a car accident. Poor weather conditions not only cause more difficult driving conditions, they also make it more difficult to prove negligence in an accident. It is therefore extremely helpful to have proper legal representation if you were injured in a weather-related collision, as an attorney can help you seek compensation for the damages you sustained.   The attorneys at Silva Injury Law know how to handle cases that involve questions of liability. If you have been involved in a weather-related car accident, contact our team today to learn about your possible legal options.   THE DANGERS OF DRIVING IN INCLEMENT WEATHER   The Department of Transportation identifies a number of hazardous conditions which contribute to weather-related crashes. These hazards include rain, snow, sleet, fog, and ice. These various conditions impact driving ability as roads become wet and slick, visibility is decreased, and it becomes more difficult to control a vehicle.   Wet roads following a rainstorm are a specifically dangerous threat to safe driving, being the largest contributor at 73 percent of all weather-related crashes. Rain often causes vehicles to lose traction, which can result in a vehicle completely losing contact with the asphalt. Another 46 percent of weather-related accidents occur during rainfall. Fog and other winter hazards are also large contributors of weather-related car accidents.   Visibility is a significant factor in the majority of weather-related accidents. When there is blinding rain, snow, or dense fog, the visibility can decrease to a point that it may not even be safe to drive. Additionally, the existence of hazardous conditions may require speed reductions on freeways, a disruption in timing of traffic signals and potential road closures and rerouted traffic patterns.   DETERMINING FAULT IN A WEATHER-RELATED CAR ACCIDENT   Drivers always have a legal duty to drive in a responsible manner, regardless of the weather conditions. This means following the speed limit, obeying rules of the road, and taking all steps to prevent possible collisions. When poor weather conditions are involved, drivers are responsible for adjusting their speed and driving with more caution.   When it comes to car accidents, liability is based on negligence. Inclement weather alone is not generally a proximate cause of a car accident but is regarded as an additional factor to be considered when determining fault, and in determining whether the driver was negligent.   Even when weather-related factors contribute to a crash, a driver may still be at fault for not using extra care to avoid the collusion.     TIPS FOR DRIVING SAFELY IN IMPAIRED WEATHER CONDITIONS   When driving in impaired conditions, it is important that you practice driving defensively in order to prevent collisions. Before you begin driving it is crucial to determine that brakes, brake lights, tires and windshield wipers are in optimal condition. Remember that speed limits are based on optimal driving conditions, so when conditions are poor, reduce speed. As always, it is important to stay focused on the road, increase the distance between the nearest vehicle, and adapt to the changing conditions. Remember that poor weather does not absolve a driver of possible responsibility in a car accident, and they can still be liable for any damages incurred.     If you have been injured in a weather-related car accident, speak to an attorney at Silva Injury Law to determine if you have the right to compensation for your damages.

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California Grocery Store Injury Lawyer

While no one expects to sustain an injury while doing their weekly grocery shopping, it unfortunately happens. The most common injury in grocery stores is slip and fall accidents. These types of accidents can be caused by a variety of factors, such as stray produce and other products that have fallen of shelfs, a wet floor, or unattended ladders or hand trucks.   Grocery stores can be held liable for customer injuries that are sustained while they are on the grocery store’s premises. Speak to an attorney from Silva Injury Law if you were injured in a grocery store.   WHAT DUTY OF CARE DOES A GROCERY STORE HAVE?   Owners and operators of grocery stores have a duty to their customers to keep them safe from danger while in the grocery store. This responsibility, referred to as the duty of care, requires grocery stores to take reasonable steps to make sure that customers are safe.   Examples of responsibilities of grocery stores include: Ensuring aisles are clear of spills and broken glass; Security staff is maintained to prevent violent individuals from harming others; Warning customers of potential slipping danger by setting up warning signs, such as wet floor signs. The grocery store is also required to properly train grocery store staff on how to keep the store safe and clean, allowing them to fulfil their duty and prevent customers from sustaining injuries.   If a grocery store fails to take reasonable steps, such as placing a warning sign and cleaning up hazards, they may be liable to injured customers for failing to operate under a reasonable duty of care.   CAN YOU SUE THE GROCERY STORE FOR YOUR INJURIES?   If you were injured while shopping in a grocery store, you may have the right to compensation. In order to pursue compensation, it will be necessary to prove that the store failed to abide by its standard of care.   To prove negligence, it is necessary to show that the grocery store owner contributed to a dangerous condition in the store, or that the store was aware of the unsafe condition in the store but did not take the reasonable steps to fix the condition.   Factors that help show a grocery store has been negligent include: The dangerous condition existed for an extended period of time before it was resolved; The same dangerous condition caused another customer to be injured in a prior accident; The store employees were aware of the dangerous condition but did not repair it or exercise the required duty of care.   WHAT TO DO IF YOU WERE INJURED IN A GROCERY STORE   You should always seek the medical treatment you need following an accident. Taking clear and detailed photographs of your damages can be helpful in proving your case. Finally, keep documentation of all financial costs associated with your injuries and damages.   If you were injured while in a grocery store, reach out to an attorney. An attorney will best be able to represent you in proving the store’s negligence and contribution to the accident. This will ensure you receive the proper compensation for your damages.   Speak with a skilled and knowledgeable personal injury attorney at Silva Injury Law, who can assess your case, answer any questions you have, and represent your interests in court, ultimately ensuring that you receive the restitution that you deserve.  

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California Laceration and Cut Wound Injury Attorney

If you or a loved one has experienced a cut or laceration injury, the attorneys at Silva Injury Law hope for your speedy and complete recovery. If the injury was caused by negligence of another, or if an insurance company is not offering adequate compensation for your losses and suffering, we can help you. The services at Silva Injury Law can ensure that the responsible parties meet their obligations so you can receive the compensation necessary to restore your finances and health.   WHAT IS A LACERATION INJURY?   A laceration, or a cut, is a wound that results in skin splitting or separating. A laceration can be caused by a variety of things, often a sharp object or by impact with a blunt object.   Laceration injuries can vary from moderate to severe, and in some cases can lead to amputation. In other cases, laceration injuries can lead to disfiguring scars and painful medical procedures. In some instances, a laceration can cause nerve damage that leads to permanent disabilities. The deeper the laceration, the more serious the potential consequences become, especially if there has been damage to the bone or muscle.   It is not common for lacerations to cause infection, however when a laceration is severe it may penetrate through the skin and deep into the underlying muscle, bone, or internal organs. When this happens, significant bleeding and severe pain are common.   In order to decrease the severity of potential scar formation, it is important to seek immediate and appropriate treatment. The following steps are helpful in mitigating the risk of infection and further damage due to laceration injuries:   Use sterile gauze to put continual pressure on the wound to stop the bleeding Determine the depth of the laceration and the severity of the injury If you determine the injury is serious, seek the assistance of a medical professional to close and treat the injured area.   When a laceration is too deep to close on its own, medical assistance is required. If the closure of the laceration is delayed, there is an increased risk of infection.   CAUSES OF LACERATION AND CUT WOUNDS   There are countless ways the skin can break. Traumatic injuries will almost always result in some sort of laceration or cut. Common accidents that can lead to laceration injuries and long-term consequences include: Automobile, Motorcycle, Truck or Bus Accident Slipping and Tripping on poorly maintained or wet surfaces Bicycle or Pedestrian Accidents Dog or Animal Bites Falling from a roof or ladder, Assault Construction or Work Site Accidents   POTENTIAL COMPLICATIONS AND LONG-TERM CONSEQUENCES   If lacerations are not given the necessary initial care and subsequent maintenance, they can be fatal. This can be through loss of blood or infection. Scarring can occur and can be debilitating. Additional potential outcomes that cause long-term suffering include: Infection which causes fever, redness, pus and inflammation Scarring Continued pain Weakness or death from blood loss or infection   HOW AN ATTORNEY CAN HELP   As soon as possible after an accident, contact an attorney who can help investigate, collect and preserve evidence from the accident. An attorney can then take steps to protect your right to a full recovery, including compensation for scarring, lacerations, disfigurement, and psychological trauma caused by the injury.   An attorney can best help you get the compensation for pain, suffering, lost wages, and medical expenses. They will negotiate with insurance companies, can arrange medical treatment, and ensure you obtain the award you deserve.   If you have suffered a laceration that has impacted your life, reach out to Silva Injury Law today.

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