Burn injuries are especially traumatic, but most people equate them with house fires, faulty electronics, and cooking accidents. Traffic accidents, however, also commonly—if unexpectedly—cause burns. Traffic accidents are hard enough to endure, but burn injuries makes them that much more difficult, dangerous, and devastating.
Because the vehicles we drive run on fuel, they are capable of bursting into flame in the impact of an accident. A collision can cause a car’s fuel tank to leak or gush gas, which can ignite if it strikes a hot surface. Burn injuries are also commonly caused by accidents that involve trucks hauling combustible cargo or chemicals. The fires and chemical burns resulting from these terrifying accidents can trap drivers and passengers in their vehicles and can also burn victims as they attempt to escape.
If you suffered a burn injury in a traffic accident that another driver’s negligence caused, you need experienced legal counsel. Burn injuries are serious, and they often lead to long-lasting damage, including disfigurement. The dedicated legal team at The Levin Firm in Philadelphia understands the harrowing injuries such accidents can leave, and we have the experience, skill, and compassion to fight for your claim’s best possible resolution.
Burns can range from quite mild to extremely serious and even life-threatening. If you suffered a burn, seek immediate medical treatments. Burn injuries require skilled medical care with a quite lengthy healing process. The severity of your injury will determine whether you sustained:
Burn injuries often heal slowly and cause extremely dangerous secondary infections.
Most significantly, perhaps, burns may cause considerable psychological trauma that leads to mental health issues, including depression and increased anxiety. Victims of burn injuries caused by car accidents, for example, may suffer from an ongoing fear of driving. A highly visible burn injury, such as on or near your face, can also lead to significant, life–altering disfigurement. Due to how closely our appearance is tied to our sense of who we are, some victims even experience an altered sense of self, which can lead some burn victims to engage in self-isolation.
Burns necessitate immediate medical attention, so if you suffered a significant burn, you’ll need both emergency transportation and treatment. If you suffered first–degree burns, apply cool (not ice-cold) running water to the wounds for 10 to 15 minutes. You can also apply over-the-counter pain medications. If any foreign objects lodged in your burns, such as melted plastic or debris, leave those foreign objects in place and allow a medical professional to attend to them. Removing them by yourself can lead to further complications.
These extensive medical expenses don’t take into consideration:
Never discount the pain and suffering that ensues from the terror of fires and the injuries associated with them.
Traffic accidents are overwhelming. If you also suffered a burn injury, you may not know where to turn, but an experienced car accident attorney will help guide your claim toward the just compensation to which you’re entitled.
If another driver’s negligence has left you with a burn injury, you need a skilled car accident attorney. At in Philadelphia, our dedicated car accident attorneys are here to help guide your claim toward the compensation to which you are entitled. Your claim matters, and we care—so please or call us at (215) 825-5183 today.
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