Burn Injuries from Car Accidents
Did you know that your skin is the largest organ of your body? Your skin is made up of several different layers of tissue that protect everything that’s inside. So, when your skin is injured, it can be a painful and lengthy process to recover. Car accidents are responsible for many types of injuries, ranging from sprains to burns. If you have been in a serious car accident that resulted in burn injuries, you need help. You need an experienced attorney that has handled cases with serious burn injuries.
Car accidents and burn injuries
Your car operates on fuel to get from one place to another. Even with improved safety features, it is still possible for vehicles to catch on fire. Even though cars are outfitted with burn resistant parts, almost 4% of fatalities in car crashes are caused by fires. When looking at the most catastrophic car crashes, fire is still one of the most harmful events that can occur. Victims of car crashes that involve fire often receive second or third-degree burns as a result. In fact, victims of these accidents often have burns covering 90% of their body. You can imagine how many surgeries and how long it would take to heal from burns that cover the majority of your body. A settlement can help cover current and future medical expenses. It usually takes many skin grafts and surgeries before victims begin their road to recovery.
What are the different types of burns?
There are three main types of burns, with second-degree and third-degree burns requiring immediate medical attention:
- First-degree burns: This burn is superficial and only affects the epidermis. The burn site will be red and painful, but there won’t be any blistering.
- Second-degree burns: This type of burn affects both the epidermis and the dermis. The site will be red and painful, but there will also be blisters.
- Third-degree burns: This is the most damaging burn, as it completely destroys the epidermis and dermis. This burn could also damage bones, tendons, and muscles. Even with medical treatment, these burns heal poorly and very slowly.
What should I do after a burn injury from my car accident?
Any car accident that results in a burn injury should be examined. Your fuel system is designed to withstand serious impacts and prevent leakage and fire. So, if you had fire in your accident, it’s safe to assume that something went wrong. It’s our job to investigate your accident to determine if it was the fault of the manufacturer, the company that sold you the car, or just an accident.
If we find that the manufacturer is at fault, then we could have a large lawsuit on our hands. You should contact a lawyer immediately to go over your options. If you are unable to speak to a lawyer, then a member of your family can contact a lawyer on your behalf. Remember, there is a small window of opportunity to file lawsuits in the state of South Carolina, so we need to act immediately.
What can a burn injury lawyer do for me?
Many burn injury cases will require an investigation. We will gather evidence and find the cause of the fire in your car accident. In some situations, we will even reconstruct your accident. Finally, we will also hire expert witnesses to support our claim. We have resources available to us so that you don’t have access to on your own.
It’s our mission to support you throughout your case and get you the settlement that you deserve. Burn injuries are some of the most intricate cases that we handle, because we need to ensure that you get the compensation you need for the rest of your life. If your burn injuries were the result of the carelessness of someone else, you are entitled to compensation. Contact our office to discuss your options.
What does a burn injury lawyer do after our meeting?
An experienced attorney knows that burn injury cases are complex, so there’s no time to lose. First, we will tell you that you need to seek medical attention for your injuries. By the time we see clients in our office, they have already been to the doctor. Since burn injuries can require several medical procedures, it’s important that you find a doctor that specializes in burn treatments. It’s also important that you document every treatment and photograph your injuries.
Next, we will investigate the person responsible for your accident. Sometimes it is a faulty product that led to your injuries. In that case, we need to research the manufacturer, and everyone associated with your car.
You could have received a damaged car from a dealer, and that is the party that should be held responsible. We won’t know until we begin to investigate your case. Finally, we will help you keep track of your medical expenses and damages. To get a proper settlement, we need to build a strong claim. It’s important that we gather as much information as possible to strengthen your case.
Hire a skilled burn injuries attorney today
When you have been seriously injured, the last thing on your mind is handling a legal case. Thankfully, you don’t have to do this on your own. If you have sustained burn injuries because of a car accident, we’re here to help. Contact our offices today, so that we can go over the details of your accident.