Severe Burns Affect Motorcycle Crash Victims for Life
Helping Accident Victims Nationwide
The potential for many types of injury is high when a
motorcycle crashes. Near 5,000 motorcycle riders are killed every year on the highways and
side roads all across the United States. Over 88,000 suffer injuries,
many serious and life-changing. While broken bones, concussion, spinal
injuries, road rash and lacerations all occur in motorcycle crashes, severe
burns are another horrifying result of these accidents.
Anyone who suffers severe burns in a motorcycle crash needs immediate
and ongoing medical attention, caring support and a team of dedicated
attorneys who will go after all the compensation they deserve.
How Do Severe Burns Happen in Motorcycle Crashes?
Unlike cars and trucks that have layers of metal between the driver and
the hot engine, motorcycle riders have the engine right between their
legs. These engines can heat up to over 200 degrees. In an accident, the
bike can fall over on the driver or be twisted around in such a way that
brings the hot engine or exhaust system in contact with the skin. These
burns can be quite severe if the motorcycle or the rider is not moved
A more common cause of burns in motorcycle crashes is burning fuel or
oil that spills from the vehicle from a ruptured gas tank or engine system.
It can also come from other vehicles involved in the accident. When the
hot engine or sparks thrown up by the friction of the bike grinding across
the roadway meet the gasoline, fire erupts. This can result in even more
severe burns over a greater portion of the motorcycle operator's body.
What is the Recovery Process Like for Severe Burn Victims?
Severe burns damage not only the layers of skin that were exposed to the
heat and fire, but also the underlying muscles and other body systems.
The severity is measured in degrees:
- First degree - Redness and pain on the surface layers of skin
- Second degree - Redness, blistering and damage to deeper layers of skin
that usually results in scar formation.
- Third degree - All layers of skin and flesh is damaged. Nerve damage, destruction
of hair follicles and extensive scarring result.
Recovery differs based on the type of burns received. Third degree severe
burns require immediate and long term medical attention, but anyone who
is burned in a motorcycle crash deserves compensation for the trauma and
injury they experience. The Doan Law Firm has experience with these cases
and will fight to make sure you get all treatment and support necessary
to regain your health.
There are four major steps in burn care. First, the motorcycle crash victim
is rushed to the emergency room and their vital signs are stabilized.
Fluid is given and antibiotics may be started. Full evaluation and cleaning
of the burns commences.
Next, surgery and medical procedures are done to remove skin damaged beyond
repair and to close open wounds. Skin grafts are attached as necessary.
This process can take weeks or even months depending on the severity of the burn.
Even after all the surgery and grafting is done, a long period of cosmetic
surgeries, rehabilitation and reconstruction occur to give the person
involved in the motorcycle crash the most favorable results possible.
The entire process involves extreme amounts of pain as dressings are changed,
tissue is massaged and treated to prevent extreme scarring and damaged
flesh is worked to maintain as much mobility as possible. Victims who
have someone at their side through the whole process have better results.
The physical pain involves is just the beginning. Many severe burn victims
have acute mental and emotional trauma associated with the motorcycle
crash and subsequent injuries. They may be facing a long and painful recovery,
loss of their job and savings as the medical bills mount. During a long-term
hospitalization, relationships can suffer as well. Scarring and emotional
changes may drive away family and friends, leaving the motorcycle crash
survivor even more damaged.
What are the Long-Term Costs of Crashes That Include Burn Injuries?
Hospitalization, nursing care, rehabilitation, pain and other medications
and long-term care can cost anywhere from $25,000 to $500,000 and more.
The severity and coverage of the burn, as well as the location on the
body, determine the cost of recovery more than anything else. While insurance
may cover some of the hospital costs, it may take a struggle to get them
to pay what the patient is due. The right
personal injury attorney can take that extra burden off your shoulders at a time when your main
focus should be on getting well.
Recovery, however, is not full in most cases. There is no end-date where
life magically returns to the way it is before. People who suffer burns
can be affected for life and will need physical therapy, skin graft surgery,
reconstruction and plastic surgery for years after the motorcycle crash.
Add psychological counseling, therapy, possibly medication and treatment
for depression and PTSD, and the costs go up even more. Some burn victims
will need home health aides to assist them with everyday activities.
Even if the medical and psychological costs are covered, there is still
job and income loss to worry about. One motorcycle crash in which the
rider suffers severe burns can completely change a life forever.
Riding a motorcycle requires strict attention, precision, great eye-hand
coordination and a keen attention to safety. When something goes wrong
and the worst possible thing happens, it is important to have people on
your side to help. The battle to return to normalcy after suffering severe
burns is difficult enough without worrying about medical costs, long-term
care and emotional trauma. Hand some of the heavy load to a professional
legal team with the knowledge and know-how to get the best possible outcome
in accident and injury cases.
If you have suffered severe burns in a motorcycle crash, the experienced
attorneys at The Doan Law Firm may be able to help you receive compensation
for medical bills, rehabilitation, lost wages, trauma and more. We are
open 24/7 for free phone consultations. Our goal is complete satisfaction
for our clients and we never accept any fees unless we win.
Contact us today to get started!