If you’re a motorcyclist, the chances of being involved in an accident aren’t great. When an accident does happen, burn injuries are one of the most common injury types.
First, Second, and Third-Degree Burn Injuries
There are three primary categories of burn injuries that a motorcyclist can sustain in the event of a crash. These are first-degree, second-degree, and third-degree burns. All three types can be caused by fire or scalding hot liquids, both of which are possible in a motorcycle crash.
First-degree burns are the least severe type of burn, and usually heal quickly on their own or with minor treatment. Second-degree burns are slightly more severe. The second-degree classification sees damage beyond the top layer of skin.
Third-degree burns, however, are by far the most severe injury of the three. A third-degree burn not only destroys all layers of the skin and nerve endings, but can also potentially cause damage to bones and organs too.
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Road Burn Injuries
Another type of ‘burn’ injury that motorcyclists often experience when in a motorcycle accident is a road burn injury. A road burn injury, also called road rash, results when the skin drags across the pavement at a high rate of speed.
A minor case of road burn can resemble a rash, hence its name. But don’t let that fool you. Bikers who skid across the road going 55 miles per hour and higher will see much more than a rash. Expect open wounds with pus and eventual loss of pigmentation and scarring.
Treatment for Burn Injuries
Cleaning the wound and bandaging is usually sufficient treatment for road burn injuries. The same is true for first-degree burns. An at-home treatment may be enough for the burn to heal on its own. Second and third-degree burn injuries often require a professional healthcare practitioner’s aid.
Mild second-degree burns are sometimes treatable at home. This wound type will need to be thoroughly clean, and antiseptic will need to be applied. Sometimes, second-degree burns are severe enough to require emergency care.
Third-degree burns, as mentioned above, are the most serious. A third-degree burn requires the immediate attention of a medical professional. Seek emergency care as soon as possible.
Treatment may include the following
- Debridement (removing dead skin)
- IV fluids
- Surgical cosmetic restructuring
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Compensation for Burn Injuries, Get Help Now
Burn injuries aren’t just painful; they can be disfiguring and debilitating, too. When a burn injury changes your life or requires expensive medical care, there are financial remedies available to you.
You may be able to seek full compensation for your expenses and noneconomic losses depending on the following.
- Who was at fault for the accident
- Your insurance policy rules
- What type of insurance the other driver carries
At Bressman Law, we’re ready to help you get the money you need. Call us as soon as you can for a free legal consultation. We’re reachable at (614) 538-1116 or via our online contact form.
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