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Degloving, also referred to as avulsion, is a traumatic injury that occurs when a portion of the patient’s skin is detached from muscle, connective tissue, or the bones beneath it. The term comes from the act of taking off a glove inside out. Degloving can be life-threatening due to trauma, blood loss, destroyed tissue, and infection.

Degloving is usually accompanied by additional medical complications such as broken bones. A person who suffers degloving is facing a long and difficult recovery.

If you were harmed in a motor vehicle crash, a workplace accident, a dog attack, or some other type of harmful accident, our Virginia personal injury attorneys will conduct a full investigation. Then we’ll file a claim against anyone whose careless behavior contributed to your injuries, such as a negligent driver or a dog owner who allowed his animal to roam free.

At GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys, we always give outstanding representation – and extraordinary compassion -- because we’ve been there ourselves. Call (804) 413-6777 to schedule your FREE consultation today.

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What causes degloving?

Your skin plays a vital role in keeping you healthy, providing protection for your body. Skin is strong, and it takes a lot of pressure to completely remove it.

Accidents that cause degloving generate a great deal of force. Workplace degloving accidents may involve heavy machinery, wrenches, conveyor belts, or cables.

Degloving can result from these types of events:

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Medical treatment for degloving

When a patient suffers from degloving, she’ll probably be taken to an emergency room. Sterile bandages will be used to stop blood loss and prevent infection. Medical professionals will provide IV fluids for hydration and check the patient’s blood pressure. If there is significant loss of blood, transfusions will be ordered, and pain medication may be prescribed.

When the patient has stabilized, she may be taken to a major hospital where lab tests and advanced imaging can be used to determine the severity of injuries.

Surgery may be required to reattach the patient’s skin, revascularize blood vessels, restore blood flow, and remove dead skin. Later, doctors may use skin grafts and plastic surgery to treat the patient’s skin.

A long period of rehabilitation will be required before the patient is able to resume normal activities, and in some cases, the patient will never fully recover from the injuries.

Medical complications that may accompany degloving include:

  • Infection
  • Sepsis
  • Nerve damage
  • Muscle tears
  • Scarring
  • Blood loss
  • Depression
  • PTSD
  • Loss of motor skills and sensory abilities

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How your personal injury attorney can help

If you or your loved one has suffered degloving injuries, see your doctor right away, and follow up as requested. Keep copies of all your medical records. Accidents that happen at work should be reported to your supervisor as soon as possible.

When you get a chance, use your cell phone camera to record photos or video of the accident scene. This will be helpful for your personal injury attorney when we conduct an investigation.

Even if you’re suffering from severe injuries, an insurance agent will probably offer you a lowball settlement that doesn’t come close to covering your medical costs and other expenses related to the accident. That’s why you’ll want to have the experienced trial lawyers at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys on your side.

Our partner Ken Gibson is a former Federal and State Prosecutor, and partner John Singleton honed his trial skills working for a large insurance defense firm. We know how to stand up to the big insurance companies, and we consider it a calling to help our friends and neighbors in Virginia.

If the insurance company isn’t willing to make a reasonable offer, we’re always prepared to take them to court. Our team at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys will file a claim that covers the following types of damages:

  • Emergency room care
  • Surgeries
  • Hospital stays
  • Future medical expenses
  • Reduced earning potential
  • Plastic surgery
  • Lost wages
  • Medications
  • Rehabilitation and physical therapy
  • Pain and suffering
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • In-home nursing care
  • Reduced quality of life

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Were you harmed in a degloving accident?

Our team at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys will file a claim to help you get the money you need to pay your medical bills and other expenses, so you get back on track.

Call (804) 413-6777 to learn more today. And know this: at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys, we don't get paid until you do.

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