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Whenever two vehicles collide at a high speed on the roadway, the results can be traumatic and catastrophic. Due to the presence of highly explosive engines and flammable gasoline, the chances of colliding vehicles catching fire are high.
A car fire can lead to severe burn injuries and even death. Because of the severe nature of burn injuries, a victim who survives may require immediate and intense medical care, long-term treatment, and rehabilitation. Burn injuries can leave scars or disfigure a victim, necessitating plastic surgery and other forms of reconstructive surgery.
Common Types of Burn Injuries in a Car Accident
Friction burns are among the most common burn injuries in a car accident. These burns usually occur when the skin rubs against a rough surface, such as a seatbelt or the pavement. Friction burns can be very painful and can cause permanent scarring. In severe cases, they may require skin grafts or other surgery to heal properly.
Chemical burns occur when the skin comes into contact with a corrosive substance, such as battery acid or gasoline. The severity of the burn depends on the strength of the chemical, the length of time that the skin is exposed, and the size of the affected area. Chemical burns can require hospitalization and may result in permanent scarring or disfigurement.
As the name suggests, electrical burns happen when you come into contact with an electrical current. This can happen if your car hits a power line or if live wires come into contact with your car during a crash.
These burns occur when the skin is exposed to extreme heat, such as from a fire or explosion. They are some of the most serious burns because they can damage deep tissue.
Different Degrees of Burn Injuries From Car Accidents
Burns are typically classified into three categories: first-degree, second-degree, and third-degree.
First-degree burns generally affect the epidermis or outer layer of skin. These burns are typically minor and heal within a week or two with little to no scarring. However, first-degree burns can be more serious if they cover a large area of the body or if they occur on the face, hands, feet, or genitals.
First-degree burns are treated by cleansing the wound and applying a cool, moist compress. Over-the-counter pain medications can also be used to help relieve discomfort. In most cases, no further treatment is necessary. However, it’s always important to seek medical attention to avoid infection, which is a common complication of burns.
These burns are more serious than first-degree burns and involve both the epidermis and dermis or middle layer of skin. The skin will appear red, swollen, blistered, and might be very painful. Common causes of second-degree burns include contact with hot liquids or surfaces, electrical current, and chemicals. Second-degree burns require immediate medical attention as they can be very dangerous. Treatment generally includes removal of any irritants from the area (such as clothing), cooling the area with water (but not ice), and pain relievers.
These are the most serious type of burn injuries and can cause permanent damage to the skin and underlying tissue. This type of burn penetrates all the layers of skin, causing severe pain, swelling, and redness. The affected area may also appear white or blackened and may be numb due to nerve damage. Third-degree burns require immediate medical attention and can result in scarring, disability, and even death. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that burns cause around 180,000 deaths each year.
Compensation for Burn Injuries
It is not always easy to get the insurance company to pay all expenses related to a car accident. The medical expenses, in addition to time out of work, usually create a huge financial burden on the victim, making matters worse when the victim is already suffering from physical pain and mental trauma.
When you are injured in a car accident and have to seek financial compensation, time is the essence. Act quickly to protect your rights. To get fair compensation for your burn injuries, seek help from an experienced St. Louis car accident lawyer at The Hoffmann Law Firm. We have over 20 years of experience and a proven track record of success!
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