No matter if you’ve been in a Motorcycle Crash, slip and fall or Defective Product Injuries, 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 which in most cases means they were likely motorcycle crash burn injuries. Fortunately, thanks to vehicle safety standard improvements, in most cases, those involved in an auto accident are less likely to suffer severe burn injuries than other injuries.
Burns are classified by degree depending on the destruction of the surrounding tissue. The Mayo Clinic defines a first-degree burn as the burning of the surface skin; most commonly found in sunburns and other minor burns. However, those who have suffered motorcycle crash 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.
These are just a few of the long-term problems associated with severe burns after a motorcycle crash. Oftentimes, these injuries are debilitating and can result in being unable to perform your job or to care for your day-to-day needs. The financial aspect of this type of injury is also burdensome. Many people wind up having surgery and possibly repeated injections or other painful treatments to minimize the pain and discomfort associated with these personal injuries.
If you or someone you love has suffered severe burn injuries in a motorcycle crash, you will need to work with an attorney to have the cause of the accident investigated. In addition to the driver who was at fault for the crash, there may be cases where a manufacturing defect was responsible for the fire. In these cases, the manufacturer may be partially at fault for the fire which caused the burns in a motorcycle crash.
Once your attorney is able to prove fault when you have sustained burns in a motorcycle crash, the next step will be 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:
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