The range of traumatic injuries car accident victims can suffer in a car accident can be extensive. Car accident victims can suffer catastrophic and traumatic injuries ranging from traumatic brain injuries to disfiguring injuries and burn injuries. Burn injuries can also range in degree from first to third degree burns which is why car accident victims should understand the different types of burn injuries and what to do about them.
There are three different levels of burns victims may suffer in a car accident ranging from first to third degree burns. A first-degree burn is considered a minor burn that affects the outer layer of the skin and may commonly cause redness and pain. A second-degree burn impacts both the outer layer of skin and the second layer of skin and is considered more serious than a first-degree burn. Second-degree burns can cause redness, swelling and white or splotchy skin discoloration. Second-degree burns can result in blisters and the pain associated with a second-degree burn can be severe.
Third-degree burns are the most serious type of burn victims can suffer. A third-degree burn extends to the fat layer beneath the skin. Third-degree burns can cause blackened skin that may also be brown or white in appearance. Third degree burns can be painful and can destroy the nerves which can also result in numbness. Burn injuries suffered in a car accident can require extensive medical treatment and may leave the injured victim at home, unable to work, recovering from their injuries.
A personal injury claim against a negligent driver who caused the car accident can help burn injury victims with their physical, financial and emotional damages. As a result, car accident victims who have suffered harmful burns and other injuries in a car accident should be familiar with the legal protections available to them.