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Types of burn injuries associated with car accidents

On Behalf of | Mar 14, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

While it is a relatively rare occurrence, car accidents can result in fires. The electrical and fuel components can be damaged during a collision, meaning that only a spark is needed to ignite the vehicle.

If a driver or passenger is unable to exit the vehicle quickly in these conditions, they are likely to suffer burn injuries. Burn injuries are separated into four categories based on their severity.

Outlined below are the four different grades of burn injuries.

First-degree burns

First-degree burns are relatively minor. These types of burns only impact the outer layers of the skin. While they can still be painful, there are usually no long-term effects. The main risk, as with any type of burn, is infections.

Second-degree burns

Second-degree burns are more serious than first-degree burns. These burns affect both the inner and outer layers of skin. In some cases, these burns can cause permanent scarring. For more severe second-degree burns, skin graft procedures may be necessary.

Third and fourth-degree burns

Third and fourth-degree burns are the most serious types of burn injuries. Third-degree burns extend beyond both layers of skin, and nerves can be damaged. Generally, surgery is required as a course of treatment and victims may take several months to heal. Scarring from third-degree burns is often permanent.

Fourth-degree burns can go right through to the bones. Sadly, many victims with fourth-degree burns don’t make it due to the extent of the injuries and the high risk of infections.

Personal injury compensation can help cover your financial costs on the road to recovery. If your injuries were the result of negligence, you should look into your legal options.

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