Severe burns after a motorcycle accident
It is estimated that 400,000 people will be seriously burned in highway/motor vehicle crashes according to the American Burn Association. Included in these nearly 400,000 people are those who were injured on motorcycles. Sadly, because of the nature of riding a motorcycle, you are more vulnerable to certain types of injuries and even death.
In a motorcycle crash, you are fully exposed to the elements. motorcycle accident victims are likely to lose consciousness as a result of the crash. During this time they can be burned while trapped under the motorcycle and the hot engine. It is also possible that fluids from the motorcycle or vehicle that hit you to combust upon impact.
Understanding severe burn injuries
It doesn’t matter if you have had a first, second or third degree burn- it is still a severe burn after a motorcycle accident. Here is the distinction between the three burn levels according the the Mayo Clinic:
- First degree burn- burning of the surface of the skin
- Second degree burn- the burning of the dermis and epidermis
- Third degree burn- a burn that reaches the layer of fat below the skin.
Many burn victims require a long slow treatment. First you must stabilize and recover from the burns. During this time there is a focus on keeping the wounds clean- and change the bandages often. Changing the bandanges is incredibly painful. At that point your doctor will assess if you are a good candidate for skin grafts or other treatment options. Even after the wound has healed severe burns after a motorcycle accident can lead to life long nerve damage, loss of mobility, and visible scarring.
Can A Motorcycle Crash Lawyer Help?
In short, yes. At Champlain Valley Law we only practice personal injury law. Our attorney, Drew Palcsik will fight to show who was at fault for the severe burns after the motorcycle accident. Drew will visit you in the comfort of your own home. He will ask you about the injury has had on your life until today and how your life has changed.
After that he will work with you and your doctors to determine how much money you will need to get back to the life you lived before the injuries. To properly get the full amount owed to you by the insurance company, we must make sure we dot all the i’s and cross the t’s.
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.
- 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.
- 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.