If you’re involved in any type of accident, such as one on your bike or motorcycle, you know just how important it is to receive immediate medical attention.

As a general rule of thumb, it’s better to be safe than sorry. So, if you think you have a laceration that needs professional treatment, don’t wait around to get help.

Generally speaking, stitches are not required to treat every type of laceration. However, those that are deeper often require this sort of attention.

Treatment by a medical professional is typically required for the following:

— Wounds that are greater than a quarter-inch deep.

— Wounds that are longer than three-quarters of an inch.

— Wounds that have jagged edges.

— Deep wounds that span a joint, especially if the wound pulls apart when you move.

— Wounds on the lips, face or any other area in which you may be concerned about a visible scar.

— Wounds that continue to bleed after approximately 10 minutes of constant pressure.

If you suffer a deep laceration in any type of accident, it’s only natural to be concerned about your health and future wellbeing. By seeking medical care, you can put your mind at ease by knowing that you’re in good hands.

It’s good to know that a laceration can be treated in many ways, such as with stitches. Unfortunately, it’s never good to find out that you will have a permanent scar. If this happens and if another person was responsible for your accident, you may be able to file a lawsuit to receive compensation for permanent disfigurement.

Source: Web MD, “Cuts: When Stitches Are Needed – Topic Overview,” accessed Jan. 27, 2017