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The catastrophic consequences of suffering burns in an accident

On Behalf of | Jul 8, 2021 | Car Accidents |

A car accident can change your life in multiple ways, especially if you suffered serious injuries. Burns are unfortunately common injuries some people may suffer in a crash, and they can have permanent, grave implications for your life. These injuries often lead to complex health problems, and they can require long-term care. The way a burn can affect you depends on severity, location of the injury and other factors. 

Burns can happen from exposure to heat in various forms. You can suffer a burn from direct contact with a flame, a very hot surface, chemicals, radiation and more. In a car accident, road rash and contact with certain types of surfaces can also cause burns. If you suffered this type of injury in an accident that was the result of the reckless or negligent actions of another person, you could have grounds to seek recompense for your pain and suffering. 

Types of burns 

There are three main levels of burns. Symptoms and side effects can depend on how deep the burn is, and it can take a few days for the true severity of the burn to become apparent. Types of burns one may suffer in a car accident include: 

  • First-degree burn — This type of burn only affects the outer layer of the skin, and it can be painful and cause discoloration. 
  • Second-degree burn — This type of burn affects the outer layer of skin, as well as the second layer. It can cause swelling, redness, blistering and scarring.  
  • Third-degree burn — This type of burn is the most severe, and it is very painful. It reaches through the layers of skin to the fat. This burn can destroy nerves and cause long-term damage. 

Severe burns can require long-term care, and you may need assistance for post-burn issues, such as nerve damage and scarring. If you are a burn victim because of a car accident, you will find it beneficial to get the right type of care you need as soon as possible. 

Do you have a claim? 

It is not easy to know what to do after an accident that results in serious injury. If you believe you are suffering because of the actions of someone else, you have legal options. Through a claim filed through the Texas civil justice system, you may be able to pursue compensation and damages for your financial losses and other types of damages.