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Car accidents can range from minor fender-benders to serious head-on collisions or T-bone accidents that result in devastating injuries and fatalities. When a serious car accident causes catastrophic injuries, the victim often faces extensive medical treatment, surgical interventions, and years of rehabilitation. In some cases, the injury is so severe that the victim suffers permanent physical and emotional impairments. Burn injuries are just one example of a catastrophic injury that can occur in a serious car accident. Although cuts, lacerations, broken bones, and traumatic brain injuries are what most people think of when discussing car accident injuries, burns are among the most common car accident injuries in the United States.
It is quite uncommon for a vehicle to catch on fire, but it can happen. For example, if the vehicle’s fuel delivery system or gas tank is defective, it can rupture, causing flammable gasoline to ignite when it comes in contact with one small spark. If the vehicle occupants are trapped in the car, they can suffer catastrophic burns even if rescue workers are able to free them from the vehicle. Other, more common causes of burn injuries associated with car accidents include the following:
The skin plays an extremely important role, as it is the body’s largest organ. The skin regulates the body’s temperature, helps prevent dehydration, and protects the body from germs. Each of the skin’s layers can be damaged by burns, but the severity of the burn is determined by the layer of skin that is damaged. The following are the different types of burn injuries that can occur in a car accident:
Symptoms can vary based on the type and severity of the burn injury. If a car accident victim starts to show any of the following symptoms, he or she may be suffering from a burn injury:
If emergency medical technicians have not yet arrived at the scene, and any of the car accident victims are exhibiting any of the above symptoms, they should be encouraged to drink small sips of water. Those assisting the victim should avoid rinsing the area with cold water or applying any lotions, ointments, or sprays to the skin. The injured victim should not be moved until first responders can take over.
Minor burns can usually be treated, and the victims will recover completely with no lasting impact on their life. However, the more severe the burn, the more likely it is that it can cause permanent injuries and devastating scarring. In addition, serious burns can increase the risk of other potentially life-threatening health complications, including the following:
There are a number of factors to consider when determining liability for a car accident that caused serious burn injuries, including whether the other driver involved in the accident was negligent, and if the vehicle had a defective product that caused the burn injury. If the injured victim believes that the other driver was negligent, he or she must be able to prove the following:
If the car accident victim believes that the burn injury was caused by a defective product, he or she may pursue a products liability claim against the car manufacturer. The following are the three types of product liability claims:
Whether the accident was caused by a negligent driver or a defective part, the burn injury victim will need to gather as much evidence as possible to prove fault. If the victim is physically able to do so, he or she should take pictures of the damage to the vehicles, the skid marks on the road, the location of the accident, and the damage caused by the fire or other material that caused the burn. In addition, it is highly recommended that the victim write down as many details about the accident as possible. If there were witnesses who saw the accident happen, they should be asked if they would be willing to provide a statement and provide their contact information.
Burn victims often face a long and painful road to recovery, which means it is crucial that they receive the financial compensation necessary to get the treatment they need. This can include multiple surgical procedures, skin grafting, physical therapy, and occupational therapy. A serious burn injury will likely prevent the victim from being able to return to work for an extended period, so a catastrophic injury lawyer will be able to secure compensation for lost wages and disability benefits if the victim is no longer able to work in any capacity.
Ultimately, a lawyer will work closely with the car accident victim to protect his or her legal rights and determine who is responsible for causing the accident. In addition, the dedicated legal team will communicate with the insurance companies to negotiate the best possible settlement amount. Insurance companies will resort to a range of tactics that prevent them from paying costly settlements. Experienced catastrophic injury lawyers are all too familiar with these tactics and will be prepared to reject a settlement offer that is too low. Having a dedicated and compassionate legal team on their side allows the burn injury victim to focus their physical and mental energy on recovering from the injuries.
If you or a loved one suffered a serious burn injury resulting from a car accident, do not hesitate to contact the Los Angeles car accident lawyers at ACTS Law. These injuries can be extremely painful and require extensive, long-term medical treatment and procedures that can quickly become very costly. We will work tirelessly to fight for the financial compensation you deserve for your injuries. Our dedicated legal team will continue to advocate for you until you are completely satisfied. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, call us today at 833-ACTS-LAWopens phone dialer or contact us online.
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