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Date Modified: April 1, 2023
Degloving injuries can be among the most painful damages a person can suffer. There can be many long-term consequences of such an injury, and it is one that you should take very seriously.
A deglove can also happen in various types of mishaps requiring you to take legal steps to protect yourself and any victims. For example, medical bills could be piling up, placing your credit rating in danger, but you may have been in a coma or stupor while convalescing now, seeing the consequences.
What Are Some Examples of Degloving Biomechanics?
The biomechanics of a deglove are quite gruesome.
Deglove injuries can include those that:
Tear the skin from the bone, tendon, and muscle.
More severe cases see the skin, tendons, and muscles pulled back from the bone.
These types of injuries are far-reaching and very painful. Also, this can be particularly distressing. Because of the skin’s delicate nature, webbing of the hand, and its structure, performing basic tasks may become severely hindered or prevented depending upon the type of hand injury present.
If you escape an amputation, you likely will have lost the meat covering your hands and fingers, etc. Think about those tree eating machines. Furthermore, motorcycle riders in accidents or kids on playground equipment are at risk. Of course, construction tools are notorious for harming blue-collar workers.
But indoors, kids remain more at risk for things when parents may have their guards down. For example, escalators and small children and grown-ups have been seen in the news as a cause of serious hand crush and degloving injuries. At Ehline Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, APLC, understand what you are going through when your skin gets ripped back.
Seeing your bloody, crushed redbones and muscles exposed as you drift into shock is heartbreaking. Imagine the psychological damage to a child experiencing themselves or their parents going through this type of gory event and the considerable, lifelong emotional damage done.
Michael Ehline suffered a partial deglove of his finger and tendons as a child. Michael personally understands how this terrible circumstance will negatively affect lives, including expensive surgery for a hand flap and reconstruction. Our proud Los Angeles personal injury attorneys have helped in cases like this. Most of all, we will fight for our clients. Our track record has been a success, and we want to make your life whole again. Call us at (213) 596-9642 for more information and a free, no-pressure consultation.
What Are The Most Common Causes Of Deglove Injuries While Riding Escalators?
A few common ways that adults, but more commonly, toddlers and kids, can have their skin ripped off or their bones crushed while riding an escalator. In any event, a snatched, trapped hand or limb pulled at low velocity could mean a deglove. This action rips off the protective glove of the skin.
What About Human Hands And Their Inherent Stickiness?
Since the skin on your hand is designed to contain ridges, including tacky surfaces, friction could prevent your hand from sliding away from the machine or device, ripping it from your bones and surrounding skin tissue, etc.
If your hand gets pulled into a conveyor belt and suddenly pulled back, the outward direction may cause a ring avulsion called a brachial plexus injury. (View examples here.)
Examples of the deglove lawsuits and insurance claims we have fought in our injury law firm include:
Conveyor belts: These are the most common causes of deglove injuries that we see. These machines often cause an outward force with hands or digits becoming stuck inside. Belts have a coarse surface that can comfortably grip the skin as it tears it. Roller machines can press the whole side and rip the entire upper limb outwards onto the axillary region, sometimes known as the “root of the limb,” or cause a more traditional degloving;
Dog Bite Attacks: A dog bite into a hand or foot rips off the skin, creating a degloving;
Motorcycle personal injuries: Some crashes can result in a degloved tearing of the skin off knees, shoulders, hands, and feet;
Bicycle crash incidents: A fall from a bicycle can be similar in injury to a motorcycle crash discussed above;
Construction issues: Skill saws commonly injure workers. One wrong move can mean a degloving injury on the small scale and limb amputation or death at the high end;
Car Accidents: sheet metal in a car can break apart and sliver during the impact. When this happens, it can dig into the body and cause an automobile degloving. An unbelted passenger or driver can be thrown through a window, peeling back the skin;
Amusement Park Accidents: A child’s hand could become trapped between the rails and wheels of a ride (Examples include a roller coaster ride or another ride);
Cruise Liner Injury Accidents: Hatches, ropes, cables, and other gadgets commonly found aboard cruise liners can rip the skin from the limbs. It could become compounded by the failure of the passenger ships to have adequate medical facilities to deal with these catastrophic claims;
Aviation Accident Injuries: Chunks of skin ripped from the bodies of survivors of airplane or helicopter accidents. These remain some of the worst incidents of a degloving;
Pedestrian Crosswalk Catastrophe: A person could get dragged after a car runs him over in a crosswalk. The dragging can result in friction burns, road rash. Also, a hand run over by a tire could see a pulling of skin off your hand.
Are You Seeking Compensation for Injuries?
Common damages caused by these injuries include excruciating pain in the past, present, and future. Not only this, but the special or economic damages are a significant consideration. And this is due to the loss of use of such an essential limb as a hand. Plaintiffs may recover money for things like surgery.
Usually, surgical options are the only way to save and protect certain vital parts of the musculoskeletal unit. For example, you may need to restore your hand vascularity, including your entire hand, fingers, palms, dorsum, internal tendons, neurovascular bundles, muscles, and remnant tissue.
What About a Surgical Skin Flap?
Sometimes a surgical skin flap may be required to generate new tissue to the damaged area. Standard cases needing this procedure are partial deglove and total deglove conditions. But replantation is not always possible.
What Is Revascularisation?
So in those cases, revascularisation will be needed. Vein grafting, arterial anastomosis, and debridement of the avulsed vessels are incredibly significant. But it remains vital before embarking on microanastomosis.
These types of medical procedures require certain surgeries that can be very expensive. A victim may remain unemployable if the operation fails to correct the problem. Aside from the shock and sadness, this worker will need money to replace lifetime earnings.
So if negligence knocked them out of the workforce, we advocate their cause. Ehline Law Firm fights for suffering people harmed from these grievous wounds day in and day out. We are here to help you get your money to hire the best doctors money can buy. Also, we want you to get compensation to cover lost wages, re-training, and physical therapy.
Schedule a Free Consultation With A Los Angeles Deglove Injury Attorney
Severe injuries to you or a loved one from negligence could require a lawsuit, or good luck getting paid back for all your bills, pain, and troubles. Our Los Angeles based law firm files these court claims to ensure that you receive the compensation that is coming to you. Such a traumatic injury with the added effects of facing horrific nerve damage and disfigurement of a degloving injury requires the experience, knowledge, and skill of competent and skilled legal counsel.
As discussed, financial compensation may be due. But you would need to go after the person or people causing the chain of events. After all, this is what led to your loss of skin and muscle. Contact Ehline Law Firm for a free case review and legal consultation. Let us help put your life back together. Tel: (213) 596-9642.
Michael Ehline is an inactive U.S. Marine and world-famous legal historian. Michael helped draft the Cruise Ship Safety Act and has won some of U.S. history’s largest motorcycle accident settlements. Together with his legal team, Michael and the Ehline Law Firm collect damages on behalf of clients.
We pride ourselves on being available to answer your most pressing and difficult questions 24/7. We are proud sponsors of the Paul Ehline Memorial Motorcycle Ride and a Service Disabled Veteran Operated Business. (SDVOB.) We are ready to fight.