Many people associate car accidents with broken bones and whiplash, but these are far from the only injuries that victims sustain in crashes. Sadly, victims can also sustain serious burn injuries in car accidents. Here’s what you should know about these devastating injuries:
How Burn Injuries Occur in Car Accidents
There are four types of burn injuries that could affect car accident victims. An electrical burn occurs when the vehicle’s electrical system becomes damaged as a result of the collision. The damage can cause the system to throw out sparks, which are powerful enough to cause electrical burns.
Scalding can also occur in a car accident. If the car’s radiator is damaged in the crash, it could start to leak hot water or steam that is capable of scalding passengers.
If a car catches fire in a crash, the victims can sustain respiratory or thermal burns. A thermal burn occurs when a victim makes direct contact with either fire or a hot surface. On the other hand, a respiratory burn occurs when the victim inhales a great deal of smoke from the fire.
Treatment For Burn Injuries
The treatment can vary depending on the severity of the burns. Victims with severe burns may need various surgeries, physical therapy, and rehabilitation. Once the victim has been stabilized, he may need to remain hospitalized to reduce the risk of developing infections or other complications.
Every burn injury is unique, but in general, victims will require extensive medical treatment for their injuries. Because of this, it is important for victims to take legal action so they can recover compensation from the at-fault party for their medical expenses.
Recovering Compensation For Burn Injuries in Car Accidents
The key to recovering compensation for burn injuries is proving liability. To prove liability, victims must show that the accident occurred as a result of the other driver’s negligence. This can be proven with various types of evidence, including witness statements, surveillance footage, and photographs from the scene of the crash. Victims that are able to prove liability can recover compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
If you have sustained burn injures in a car accident, contact Reisch Law Firm as soon as possible. Burn victims have a long–and expensive–road to recovery. Let our personal injury attorneys fight for the compensation you deserve. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 303-291-0555 or filling out this online form.