Are You A Victim Of Road Rash?
Serving Road Rash Victims Nationwide
Road rash is a term that is all too common a phrase when it comes to motorcyclists
from all around. Although there are different severities of road rash,
if you are afflicted with it, you know that it can be both uncomfortable
and painful. Road rash has the ability to debilitate a person. If you
have been involved in a
motorcycle accident that has caused you harm by way of road rash, you need to think about
what The Doan Law Firm can do for you.
The Extent Of A Degree
Road rash can leave you at the least sore, and at the worst, it can leave
you incapacitated. Depending on how you landed on the road when you got
into your motorcycle accident will determine how badly you got scraped
Road rash is graded on three levels of severity just as with burns. There
is first degree road rash which, although uncomfortable, does not usually
require medical attention. First degree road rash can be compared with
the classic "rug burn" one can get if they were lying down on
a carpet or slid hard on carpeting.
Second degree road rash usually does not require extreme medical attention.
The skin, however, was broken at this degree of motorcycle road rash.
There are still intact, lower layers of skin though at this degree. Over
the counter antibiotic creams and soothing lotions can be of a big help
for this type of road rash.
The most devastating of all road rash incidents is a third degree motorcycle
road rash. At this severity, the road rash injury always requires immediate
attention from a medical professional. All five layers of skin have been
broken and often times, the rash has scraped down to penetrate the layer
of fat beneath the broken skin. When third degree road rash is present,
oral antibiotics and pain medication is often needed. The incidence for
infection is quite high.
How To Go About Treatment
Depending on the degree of road rash that was acquired from the motorcycle
accident, different treatments will be needed. If first degree road rash
was of a concern, then normally, the option of letting nature take its
course will do. Washing the area with warm, soapy water is always a good
idea for prophylactic care. If the road rash is irritating enough, some
topical soothing lotion and antibiotic cream can be applied. It would
be rare to need to seek professional medical attention for this mild of a case.
Second degree road rash requires more attention than first degree. A few
layers of skin have been penetrated at this severity and the risk of infection
is of concern. The affected area should always be washed with warm, soapy
water. One should avoid scrubbing the area, as there is also an increased
risk for scarring to happen at this stage of road rash. Once the area
is clean, over the counter antibiotic cream and soothing salves will be
important to use. Considerable pain can be caused by this severity of
road rash. It may be recommended to seek professional medical attention
if the injuries do not start to heal within a few days. Sometimes the
pain alone will coerce someone into seeking medical attention to obtain
some pain medication.
The most severe of all road rash, third degree road rash, is considered
to be a condition that requires immediate professional medical attention.
When all layers of skin have been torn and injured in this case, the incidence
for infection is extremely high. In almost all cases, a course of oral
and topical antibiotics are necessary. The pain level can be extremely
severe in cases of third degree motorcycle road rash. It is wise to be
under the supervision of medical professionals for periods upward of a
few weeks to ensure the proper healing of the injuries. Just as with the
higher incidence of infection for this severity of road rash, the risk
for permanent scarring is imminent as well.
Coping With Long Term Consequences Of Motorcycle Road Rash
The two areas of main concern when thinking of long term effects of road
rash are systemic infection and scarring.
Depending on the severity of the road rash, infection throughout the body
can be of a major concern. When a case of road rash was bad enough, the
deep wounds it leaves through the skin is a gateway for all types of bacteria
to enter the body. The body of course then tries to fight off the invaders.
This process can leave a toll on the body and all of its organs.
At times, the use of the antibiotics used to help the body kill the bacteria,
could have caused stomach upset, loss of good bacteria in the gut, and
even liver damage. Treatment for any of the side effects of the antibiotics
usually entail the use of probiotics ("good" bacteria) on a
daily basis and the careful use of medications in the future to prevent
further organ damage or stress.
Scarring can be another battle victims of road rash need to be concerned
with. More commonly seen in victims of third degree road rash, scarring
can be unsightly and take away from the beauty of once supple skin. Plastic
surgery is sometimes an option for those that feel the scarring affects
their day to day emotional and mental state. According to CostHelper Health,
the price can range from 100 dollars to 5,000 dollars depending on the
amount and complexity of the scar tissue that needs to be removed.
We Are On Your Side
If you have suffered motorcycle road rash, you need to contact us here at The
Doan Law Firm. We are here 24 hours a day and 7 days a week to serve you. There are
no fees that will be your responsibility unless we win a case for you.
We are number one in customer service, and our goal is to make you satisfied.
Do not hesitate another moment -
call for a free phone consultation today!