What to expect from severe burns after a car accident

Images of severe burns after an automotive collision

The American Burn Association estimate that some four percent of the more than 400,000 burn injuries identified during 2017 was the result of road/highway burns after a car accident.

Thankfully, the standard of safety for motor vehicles has had a role in steadily decreasing the amount of people burned in motor vehicle crashes every year.

Understanding severe burn injuries

The Mayo Clinic states that a first-degree burn as the burning of the surface of the skin. A second-degree burn impacts the second layer of skin, the epidermis and dermis. A third-degree burn burns through the first two layers and reaches the layer of fat below the skin. Those who have suffered car crash burn injuries typically will suffer second or third-degree burns. These serious burns often require extensive medical treatment, can cause life-long scarring and in some cases could also require surgery.

Second-degree burns can result in not only redness of the area but may also result in blisters. These burns impact not only the primary layer of skin but the underlying tissues. In some cases, victims could face permanent scarring. Third-degree burns are generally very serious as these burns impact all the way to the fatty layer of skin tissue. These burns are very serious and require extensive treatment, can cause nerve damage and nearly always cause scarring. After a severe burn you may need surgery, skin grafts, or injections to recover. Even after the wound has healed many people experience nerve damage, loss of mobility, and visible scarring.

Can A Car Crash Lawyer Help?

If you were following the law, and another person was not- you can make a claim for compensation. Just because someone did not intend to run into your vehicle, they are still responsible for the consequences. Many times you’re not actually suing the other driver- it’s often the insurance company that your fighting against.

Sadly, it is often your own insurance company that is fighting your claim. They are probably telling you that your injuries don’t warrant very much money. Insurance companies often minimize, delay, and deny claims so they can earn interest on your money as long as possible.

You may think you can fight the insurance company alone, but remember this is the work they do every. single. day. That is why you need to call Vermont and New York car crash lawyer, Drew Palcsik today.

Once you hire us, Drew will show who was at fault for the severe burns after the car accident. He will then work with you and your doctors to determine how much compensation you may be able to seek from the responsible parties. Some of the compensation you may be entitled to include:

  • Medical care – Any medical care that is necessary to help you recover from burns in a car accident including surgical procedures, hospitalization and follow-up care with your physician. When necessary, reconstructive surgery costs would also be included.
  • Lost wages – When you suffer severe burns after a car accident, you could be out of work for months and your car accident attorney can help you recover those wages you have lost while recovering. Since your family will not have the benefit of your income, this could be a particularly important part of your claim.
  • Non-economic damages – You may also be able to collect compensation for pain and suffering as well as for any scarring you suffer as a result of burn injuries in a car accident. Your car accident lawyer will discuss these damages with you prior to filing your case.