Degloving is a type of serious injury that happens when the top layers of skin are ripped from the underlying muscle, connective tissue, or bone. Essentially, just the muscle of a specific body part is left visible—as if the skin that acts like a protective glove to the body is removed. Also known as avulsion, remaining skin may be partially attached or hanging like a flap.
When experienced by a small child at a daycare center in Texas, degloving injuries can be life-threatening due to the large amounts of blood loss and extreme vulnerability to infections. In fact, a medical study updated in April 2023 found that 46% of patients with degloving injuries had bacterial infections that required additional medical treatment.
Today, our Texas daycare injury lawyers at The Button Law Firm are educating parents like you about these serious injuries, including how they happen at local daycare centers and what to do if your child experiences a degloving injury while in the care of a negligent childcare center.
Common Ways Degloving Injuries Happen at Texas Daycare Centers
Degloving is typically caused by an intense force or pressure on a body part. In a daycare setting, degloving injuries can happen when children:
- Are being transported in a daycare van or school bus that is involved in a serious car wreck
- Fall from extreme heights such as a changing table or tall piece of playground equipment
- Suffer severe burns caused by bottle warmers or cleaning chemicals
A whopping 93% of these injuries occur around a child’s hip or lower extremity, according to a medical study published in the National Library of Medicine. The most common areas of the body affected include the:
No matter where a child’s degloving injury is located, they may also experience a broken bone or nerve damage beyond the skin loss. In some cases, a child may require an amputation or lose delicate fingers or toes.
Texas daycare centers that closely supervise children in their care and comply with daycare laws know how to prevent these serious degloving incidents from happening. Download our free guide that provides tips on how to find a safe daycare center for your child.
What To Do If Your Child Experiences a Degloving Injury at a Texas Daycare Center
We aren’t going to sugarcoat it: There is a long road to recovery for a child who experiences a degloving injury at a Texas daycare center. Parents are often consumed with helping their child receive the proper medical attention and treatment, which includes emergency room visits, surgical operations, and rehabilitation.
Once your child’s medical recovery plan is in place, you may want to do more to advocate for your child. One way is taking legal action against the daycare center by filing a lawsuit to hold it accountable for the negligence that caused your child’s degloving injuries.
Parents may be able to seek compensation, also known as damages. A family may be compensated for the following damages in a daycare degloving injury case:
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
- Therapy and other resources to help your child with mental anguish
- Your child’s current medical and long-term care expenses
The time limit, or statute of limitations, to file a lawsuit against a daycare center in Texas is two years from the date of the incident that caused your child’s degloving injury.
It will not cost you or your family anything to file a lawsuit. Our daycare injury lawyers work on contingency, meaning we don’t charge you or collect any upfront fees to speak with you or work on your family’s case. For a free consultation, call us at 214-699-4409, email us at [email protected], or fill out a contact form.
You can learn more about the process of filing a daycare injury lawsuit in this video.
We Can Help After Your Child Suffers a Degloving Injury at a Texas Daycare Center
Our knowledgeable and compassionate daycare injury attorneys at The Button Law Firm are dedicated to holding negligent daycare centers accountable when a child experiences a degloving injury while in their care. With attorneys in Dallas, Houston, and Midland, we are ready to listen, fight for your family, and help your family move forward. Our team at The Button Law Firm is recognized on the prestigious Texas Super Lawyers list, and we can help guide you after a traumatizing incident involving your child. We work on contingency, meaning we don’t charge you or collect any upfront fees to get started on your case. Call us at 214-699-4409, email us at [email protected], or fill out a contact form for a free consultation.