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Morel-Lavallee Lesions from Car Wrecks

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Serious motor vehicle crashes and impacts with tractor-trailers can cause any number of complex physical injuries. One less common injury caused by a car accident is the Morel-Lavallee Lesion. This type of injury is the result of the skin and subcutaneous fatty tissue separating from the underlying fascia. It is sometimes referred to as an internal degloving injury or closed degloving injury. While these lesions can occur in multiple locations, they are most common in the thigh and hip regions. Our firm has experience in handling cases involving the complex damages claims associated with degloving injuries.

Morel-Lavallee Injury

Other names your doctor may use for a Morel-Lavallee Lesion include soft-tissue cyst, pseudocyst, Morel-Lavallee Extravasation, or Morel-Lavallee Effusion. Treatment of a closed degloving injury such as a Morel-Lavallee Lesion usually requires surgical intervention. This is critical to preventing infection or the development of skin necrosis. This “surgical” intervention, however, may not be as drastic as the word “surgery” implies. It may just involve using a long needle to drain the location. These internal degloving injuries are often missed during initial evaluations and radiological evaluation. As they become more painful, your doctor may begin to suspect a Morel-Lavallee Lesion. To confirm the nature of the injury, you will undergo an MRI.

If your degloving injury is the result of an at-fault motor vehicle or tractor trailer crash, or any other incident caused by the negligence of a third-party, you have the right to seek fair compensation under North Carolina law for the injury. This includes recovering any medical and pharmaceutical expenses necessary because of the injury, lost wages for time out of work, and compensation for the intense physical pain that can result from Morel-Lavallee Lesions.

If you or a family member has suffered a Morel-Lavallee Lesion as a result of a car wreck or crash with a tractor-trailer, the North Carolina personal injury attorneys of Maginnis Howard may be able to help. Our lawyers have experience assisting North Carolinians with highly complex medical injuries, including Morel-Lavallee Lesions. We provide free consultations to all prospective North Carolina clients who have suffered a closed degloving injury. If we are able to represent you, we offer a contingency fee agreement. A contingency fee agreement means that you do not pay any attorneys’ fees unless we obtain a settlement or verdict for you. We represent folks all over North Carolina, including the Raleigh-Durham area and beyond.

To speak with one of our North Carolina attorneys regarding your Morel-Lavallee Lesion, call us at (919) 526-0450. You may also submit the details of your case through our contact page.