Written By: Matthew Bruck
Burn injuries can be some of the most traumatic of those associated with car accidents. Vehicle fires are not uncommon following serious collisions, and victims who sustain burn injuries can face a future of painful and complicated medical treatment.
Types of Burn Injuries from Car Accidents
Burn injuries from a car accident — and all forms of burn injuries — are typed by the degree of severity. The degree is determined by the layers of skin affected. The degrees of burns are as follows:
- First-degree burn injuries – Burns affecting the outer-most layer of skin, known as the epidermis. With first-degree burns, victims will have red and painful skin.
- Second-degree burn injuries – Burns affecting the epidermis and part of the next layer of skin, known as the dermis. With second-degree burns, victims will have painful blistering on the skin, along with swelling.
- Third-degree burn injuries – Burns affecting the full epidermis and dermis, potentially reaching muscle tissue and bone beneath the skin. Skin cannot regenerate after third-degree burns.
Burn injuries can be excruciating and result in permanent disfigurement. Severe burn injuries can be life-threatening.
Causes and Treatment of Burn Injuries
Burn injuries from a car accident are usually the result of an explosion or fire after impact. If a victim is not able to get out of the vehicle before the fire spreads, burn injuries will result.
Treatment can include skin grafting procedures, infection management, and lifetime care of burned skin and scar tissue formation. Long after the accident, victims will have to deal with infection control and skin treatments.
Compensation for Burn Injuries
Car accident burn injuries can cause permanent physical damage to victims and carry extreme mental and emotional consequences. Victims have the option of seeking compensation from insurance in New York and from the at-fault driver in certain cases.
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Meet the Author Matthew Bruck
Matthew H. Bruck Is an Attorney and the Chief Operating Officer of Parker Waichman LLP. As Chief Operating Officer of Parker Waichman, Matt leads operations and business affairs for the firm, including marketing, technology, and human resources. He brings over 20 years of leadership experience to the role. Learn More About the Author.