The physical injury suffered by New York car crash victims can vary, from minor head injuries or sprains to life-altering damage to the body. Even when a collision happens at low speeds, a minor fender bender can result in severe burns, depending on the unique circumstances of the crash. We often represent clients suffering a serious injury due to negligence or product defects.
There are several reasons you could experience second and third-degree burns in a car accident. Situations can include sparks from a damaged electrical system, thermal burns when touching a hot surface such as a window or dashboard, respiratory injuries from smoke inhalation and scalding from steam or hot water from a radiator leak.
Treatment for burn injuries
According to the Cleveland Clinic, the treatment for car crash burns depends on the injury severity. Minor burns affect the skin’s outer layer, but second and third-degree burns can cause scarring and permanent nerve damage. You or a loved one may require one or more surgical procedures and medical assistance in cases where severe burns cover more than 10% of the body, such as the following:
- Breathing assistance
- Feeding tubes
- Physical therapy
- Skin grafts
- Long-term in-home care
Adapting to life after burn injuries
Accident victims with severe burns often require intensive rehabilitation. Years of treatment and medical procedures may be necessary for regaining mobility and learning to manage the pain. If the accident occurred due to negligence or a design or manufacturing defect, you might have grounds for a claim. Settlements can help recover compensation for lost wages, medical costs and pain and suffering.