A burn and/or laceration from an accident generally involves the victim experiencing a severe trauma to the skin due to fire or friction, which can come from a variety of sources in a collision.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 2.24 million people in the United States were injured in an auto accident in 2010 alone, while the number of Connecticut fatalities due to auto accidents in that year hit 319, a 42 percent increase from the year before – a greater increase in motor vehicle traffic fatalities than any other state in the U.S.
Due to the nature of this type of injury, victims who suffer from burns and lacerations after a crash must be treated immediately. While the level of severity varies, permanent scarring and disability is typical in injured parties after car crashes involving burns and lacerations. With this in mind, it’s important for auto accident victims to make every effort to keep an accurate record of the details involving the crash.
If you or a loved one has suffered from burns and lacerations following an auto accident in New Haven, Bridgeport or Hartford, the victim may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, loss of wages, pain and suffering, and additional damages.
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Types Of Burns: What You Should Know
Burn injuries in the United States generally reach up to 2.4 million annually. In fact, motor vehicle fires are a main source of burn injuries each and every year in the U.S. Due to the fuel tanks in vehicles, auto accidents commonly cause cars to crash into one another, initiating a break in the fuel tank. This rupture typically leads to what is referred to as a “fuel-fed fire”.
Tank explosions further exacerbate the potential level of severity in the crash, as well as possible burn injuries to those involved.
While auto accident burns can vary by degree, the most common types of burns include:
- First-degree burn: While this is the least severe type of burn, first degree burns are still rather painful. In this case, the top layer of skin will often burn off and the remaining skin will have a red appearance. If treated improperly, infection may ensue.
- Second-degree burn: In this case, both the first and second layer of skin is burned, commonly causing blisters. This type of burn is very painful and must be treated correctly. If ill-treated, a decrease in blood flow, as well as swelling, can cause a third-degree burn to form.
- Third-degree burn: As the most severe of all burns, all layers of the skin are destroyed. This is commonly due to lengthy exposure to fires, hot liquids, etc. Victims who suffer from this level of burning often need to go to extensive measures to repair the damage, i.e. multiple skin grafts.
If you or a loved one has been burned in a New Haven auto accident, contact the Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers to evaluate your case with an attorney today.
In most instances, there are five types of lacerations:
- Cut laceration: the most common type of laceration, this occurs when a sharp object (some type of blade), contacts the skin, breaking through the first layer and sometimes even through to the underlying tissue.
- Grinding compression: in this case, an object hits the skin in a brushing motion or an angle, essentially lifting the skin and peeling it back. As the top layer of skin peels back, the epidermis is compromised and tissue below is crushed.
- Over-stretching: while less common, this type of laceration occurs when an object strikes the skin at an angle and pushes or pulls the skin, causing breakage and/or stretch.
- Split laceration: often on the hands, legs, face, and head, split lacerations occur when two objects crush a portion of the body. Following the compression, the skin and tissues tear.
- Tearing: another common type of laceration, tearing occurs when the skin actually tears following an auto accident.
As the number of auto accidents and auto accident injuries continues to rise, New Haven residents must be aware of the dangers associated with them. Burns and lacerations, for instance, are among the most common outcomes of serious auto accidents.
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