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What are the potential long-term effects of a degloving injury?

On Behalf of | May 30, 2024 | Car And Truck Accidents

Accidents, especially motor vehicle and truck accidents, have a high potential for causing catastrophic injuries. One of the injuries that accident victims can suffer from is a degloving injury.

If you have suffered a degloving injury in an accident, it is important to understand the potential long-term effects, which can include the following.

Nerve damage

Nerve damage is a significant concern with degloving injuries, as the force and trauma involved can damage or sever nerves in the affected area. This can lead to long-term sensory deficits, such as numbness, tingling or loss of sensation, as well as motor deficits, affecting movement and muscle function. Depending on the extent of nerve damage, individuals may experience chronic pain, muscle weakness or even paralysis in severe cases. Nerve regeneration and rehabilitation efforts may help improve function over time, but residual effects can persist, impacting daily activities and quality of life.

Bone infection

Due to the exposure of bones and underlying tissues, particularly in severe degloving injuries where the skin is completely stripped away, there is an increased risk of infection reaching the bone. Bacteria from the external environment or from the initial injury site can infiltrate the exposed bone, leading to inflammation, pain and potentially systemic infection if left untreated. Osteomyelitis can be difficult to treat and may require long-term antibiotic therapy, surgical debridement or even amputation in severe cases.

Compartment syndrome

Due to the trauma and subsequent swelling associated with a degloving injury, pressure can build up within the compartments of the affected limb. This increased pressure can compress blood vessels, nerves and muscles, leading to tissue ischemia (lack of blood flow) and nerve damage. If left untreated, compartment syndrome can result in permanent tissue damage, loss of function and even limb loss in severe cases.

If you or a loved one suffered an injury due to the negligence of another party resulting in a degloving injury, seeking legal guidance is crucial to help ensure you receive the compensation and support needed to address the potential long-term effects and secure your future well-being.