When you got into an accident, you immediately tried to get out of your vehicle but found yourself pinned inside. You saw smoke coming out of the front, so you knew getting out was important. The emergency team arrived quickly to help, but you still suffered burns to your legs as they tried to put out the fire and rescue you.
Burns from a car crash are devastating. Even first or second-degree burns have the potential to change your life. They can cause scarring and pain along with changing the way your skin feels or reacts to stimuli.
There are four levels of burns that you could suffer in an accident. Each one has different symptoms and complications and requires different forms of treatment. Here are the things you need to know.
1. First-degree burns
A first-degree burn is superficial. That means that it only affects the epidermis and is likely to heal well. While it may become dry or red, it will not result in blisters. A good example of a first-degree burn is a mild sunburn.
Fortunately, first-degree burns have few consequences. Sometimes, they can result in changes to the color of your skin, though.
2. Second-degree burns
Second-degree burns are some of the most painful burns thanks to the damage to the deeper layers of the skin. The epidermis and dermis are impacted. If you have a second-degree burn, you may notice that the skin has blisters or is swollen.
3. Third-degree burns
Third-degree burns may or may not be painful depending on whether or not the nerves have been infected. These burns go through all the layers of tissues. The resulting injury can look charred or white due to the damage to the skin and tissues. People who suffer this kind of burn usually require skin grafts to help the injured area heal.
4. Fourth-degree burns
Least talked about is the incredibly dangerous fourth-degree burn. This burn is the most severe and goes down completely to the bone. The muscles, tendons, bones and skin all suffer severely. Nerve endings are destroyed, so it’s unlikely you’ll feel any pain. In the long term, the area may not recover and need amputation. For people who do recover, the area may be discolored or have little or no sensation.
If you suffer second-, third- or fourth-degree burns on 15 percent or more of your body, you need immediate medical assistance. Without treatment, you could be exposed to complications like hypothermic or hypovolemic shock, infection or tetanus.
A car crash is hard enough on your body without having to deal with these serious injuries. If you’ve suffered burns due to another driver’s negligence, your attorney can help you move forward with a lawsuit.