Types of Cuts and Lacerations
A cut or laceration can be a superficial wound or be deep enough to penetrate muscle, bones, tendons, and ligaments. The deeper the cut is, the higher the risk of infection and permanent disability or scarring becomes. These types of injuries occur most often on the head, face, arms, legs, hands, and feet. When the injury involves the head or face, immediate attention is required to reduce the likelihood of permanent disfigurement. An experienced plastic surgeon can ensure that your wound heals with a minimal amount of scarring. Because the head and face are very vascular areas, the risk of infection in these types of cuts and lacerations is high. Ongoing medical treatment is necessary to minimize these risks.
When a worker is cut on the arms, hands, feet, or legs, loss of a limb is a major concern. Fingers can easily be severed when caught in heavy machinery, and toes not properly protected by work-grade footwear can be cut off when cuts and lacerations are deep. Major veins and arteries in the arms and legs can result in profuse loss of blood that can be fatal if not immediately addressed. Superficial wounds in these areas have a high risk of infection, while deeper cuts and lacerations can cause permanent nerve damage that leads to long-term or permanent disability.
Punctures of the skin and abrasions may appear minor at first, but even these injuries can turn into a life-threatening wound should they become infected. Staph infections leading to sepsis of the blood are a common complication of these types of wounds. Many workers may initially dismiss the severity of the injury thinking that they can care for it themselves. This can lead to poor infection prevention and multiple health risks. Any time the skin is broken dangerous bacteria can enter the body and cause serious and life-threatening complications if not addressed quickly.
Your Rights to Quality Care
If you are injured on the job, you are entitled to quality care. Some employer workers’ compensation plans dictate the hospital, doctor, and medical facilities you must use to receive treatment. The costs of emergency treatment, surgeries, physical rehabilitation, medical intervention, and prescription medications can add up quickly, devastating the worker’s financial health and the security of their family. Philadelphia workers’ compensation benefits ensure that you receive competent care that is covered under your plan so that you can return to work.
If you believe that your standard of care is being compromised, you are entitled to fight for your right to quality medical care. If the doctor you are assigned to does not believe you need to see a plastic surgeon, or if physical therapy treatments end before you are fully recovered, our dedicated team of Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers will advocate for your right to quality medical treatment to ensure that you fully recover from your injury.
Whenever you are injured at work, you need to seek medical attention immediately. Once you are stable, you must report the injury to your supervisor or human resources department. Documenting the details of the workplace accident and gathering witness testimony is vital to your defense should your benefits be initially denied. workers’ compensation benefits can be denied, but that does not mean you cannot successfully appeal the decision. Our lawyers work diligently to ensure that your legal rights are protected and that you receive the maximum compensation available to you under the law.
Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers of Gross & Kenny, LLP Advocate for Injured Workers
If you or someone you know has been injured at work, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. The experienced Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers of Gross & Kenny, LLP, can help you claim the benefits you are entitled to receive. Call us at 215-512-1500, or contact us online to schedule a consultation today.