Lacerations

Jet Ski injuries can range in severity from debilitating neuromuscular injuries to minor bruises and lacerations. Injuries sustained during Jet Ski accidents such as lacerations, while not typically life-threatening, can lead to some medical complications as well as physical disfiguration. It is therefore of paramount importance to understand the risks involved in Jet Skiing, how to avoid dangerous situations, and how to react to injuries when they do occur.

Jet Ski Laceration Causes

Lacerations are usually defined as a tear or uneven ripping of skin and muscle. It is different than a cut or a puncture. Usually, these wounds are less uniform and more irregular and can often be bloodier or more physically noticeable. In recreational Jet Ski use, lacerations can occur in a number of ways, usually resulting from improper use or some sort of accident.

Common causes of Jet Ski lacerations may include:

  • A collision with another watercraft
  • Catching skin on an object or debris
  • A collision with another person
  • Being thrown from the Jet Ski
  • Hitting the water or the Jet Ski in the wrong way

Treating Jet Ski Lacerations

When an accident occurs, the most vital first step is checking the status of those involved. It is important to make sure they are conscious and coherent. An unconscious person risks drowning or permanent brain damage if they remain unconscious in the water for too long. The second most important step is to do no more harm to the victims. This would include avoiding moving them too much, especially if they are in pain.

Medical attention should be called immediately while the victims are being stabilized. If they are able to move but have sustained lacerations, it is generally best to remove them from the water and clean the wound. Exposing open wounds to water from lakes and other bodies of water could lead to infection.

Complications of Jet Ski Lacerations

While lacerations are generally not serious, the size and location of the laceration will dictate the severity of it. The added element of being in the water also adds a certain potential for infection or other dangers. Lacerations can also leave visible scarring or noticeable skin damage sometimes leading to a sense of embarrassment or self-consciousness.

Jet Ski Injury Attorneys

If you or a loved one has sustained significant injuries including lacerations from a Jet Ski, don’t hesitate to contact a local Jet Ski injury lawyer. He or she can advise you on the legal guidelines pertaining to your case. A specialized attorney will also provide you with information regarding compensation and how to seek justice for any injuries.

 

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“Injuries Associated with Personal Powered Watercraft (PPW).” CHIRPP Injury Reports. Public Health Agency of Canada, 11 Jan. 1999. Web. 21 Apr. 2015. <http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/injury-bles/chirpp/injrep-rapbles/jetski-eng.php>.