When truck drivers fail to stop at red lights or stop signs, drive too many hours without sleeping, or drive impaired or distracted, other motorists suffer unnecessary injuries from their negligent decisions. While injuries can range from mild to severe, there is one type of injury that is always a serious injury. When someone suffers a burn injury after a crash with a truck, emergency medical care is almost always required.
Because there are different types of burn injuries it is a good idea to learn more about the way burns can affect a victim, such as:
- Minor burns are typically called first degree burns. These burn injuries are the least serious and only affect the outermost layer of skin. Although the skin will appear red, these types of burns generally don’t require hospitalization as they typically heal within a couple of days.
- Moderate burns are generally known as second degree burns. These types of burn injuries are more serious than first degree burns, as damage is done to the outer layer of skin as well as the upper layer of the dermis underneath the outer layer. These types of burns may involve loss of sensation and require a skin graft.
- Serious burns are third degree burns because every layer of skin is burned. Sadly, scarring is almost always a given with this type of burn and a skin graft will likely be necessary.
- Severe burns are fourth, fifth and sixth degree burns. Basically, anything over a third degree burn is so bad that a person’s skin isn’t the only thing destroyed. When people suffer burns such as these, they not only suffer damage to their skin but to the muscles and bones underneath the skin. And with fifth and sixth degree burns, tissue, ligaments and almost everything else is destroyed. Sadly, these types of burns are likely to be fatal.
Because most burn injuries that occur in car fires are serious, victims will often need emergency medical care, skin grafts, plastic surgery, and future medical care. Making a recovery following a burn injury isn’t only expensive, it is painful. For this reason, victims of crashes should be compensated for their medical expenses, pain and suffering, mental anguish, and lost income.
If you suffered a burn injury or your loved one died as a result of a car fire, you need to learn about your rights to a financial recovery. An experienced injury lawyer in South Florida will be able to help you hold the truck driver or trucking company responsible for their negligence. Call the Law Offices of David Benenfeld for a free case consultation today at 866-9 HELP NOW or 866-943-5766.