New Jersey Car Crash Burn Injury Lawyers
Compensation for Burn Injuries Suffered in a NJ Car Accident
It is difficult to predict how your vehicle will respond to a high impact collision. Ideally, the safety features in your vehicle will all work properly and you will escape without a major injury. Unfortunately, there are many accidents each year that result in one of the vehicles catching fire, which puts everyone involved at great risk of suffering a burn injury.
It only takes one loose wire or one spark to ignite the gasoline in your vehicle. If you have suffered a burn injury in a car accident, it may be in your best interest to speak with an experienced New Jersey car accident attorney who can help you pursue compensation for your substantial losses.
If you have suffered a burn injury in a car accident, financial compensation may be available for your injuries, damages, & losses.
Degrees of Damage
It is common for victims of burn injuries to sustain deep injuries that require surgical excision and skin grafting. Others may escape their vehicle in time to only suffer minor burn injuries that, while painful, may not require surgery. The severity of the burns suffered in an crash is commonly categorized as follows:
- First degree: This is when only the outer most layer (epidermis) of the skin is damaged. The skin will appear red and dry, and though it will be painful, it should heal in approximately a week.
- Second-degree superficial: This is when the first and second layer (dermis) is damaged in the fire but the damage to the second layer is not deep. The skin will be red with clear blisters, it will appear moist and it may take weeks to heal.
- Second-degree deep: This is when the damage to the dermis is deep. The skin will be red and white with bloody blisters. This type of injury may require skin grafting to replace the damaged skin.
- Third degree: This is when the entire dermis is damaged. The skin will appear stiff and white or brown. It will appear dry and leathery and will require excision. Some third-degree burns are so severe they result in amputation.
- Fourth-degree: This is when the skin is so damaged that even the deepest layer of skin (subcutaneous) and the underlying muscle and bone is damaged. The skin will appear charred and dry and there will be substantial loss of function.
Ensuring Your Rights Are Protected in New Jersey
If you have suffered a burn injury in a car accident, financial compensation may be available for your injuries, damages, and losses. A knowledgeable injury lawyer can help not only determine fault and liability, but also help you obtain the compensation you need to cover medical expenses, loss of wages, hospitalization, surgeries, rehabilitation, pain and suffering, and other related damages. If you or a loved one has suffered burn injuries as the result of a collision, please contact the experienced NJ personal injury lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. at (609) 240-0040 to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights.
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