Car crashes can sometimes lead to the car catching on fire. When this occurs, there is a chance that people in the area, including the car’s occupants, can suffer from burns. While first degree burns are superficial and painful, they usually heal pretty quickly and without intervention. This isn’t the case for other types of burns.
Burns are divided into four degrees, or levels, with each degree being worse than the previous. Understanding how burns are classified and other information about them can help as you or a loved one tries to heal from these horrible injuries after a car crash.
When a burn is serious, medical attention is required. This is especially true if the burn is covering a larger area of the body. For third and fourth degree burns, treatment at a burn center may be necessary. Bandaging the wound, having skin grafts and getting antibiotic therapy to stave off infections could be required. Some patients may need nutritional support, pain medication and other therapies.
Severe burns are sometimes associated with disfigurement. This can be life changing, especially if the burns occur on the face. It is sometimes possible for plastic surgeons to reduce the disfigurement, but preventing it usually isn’t possible.
A person who has to go to a burn center or needs to be hospitalized will likely have to take time off of work. If a child is injured, a parent will likely have to take time off of work to care for the child. As you can imagine, the loss of income can be financially devastating. Seeking compensation could help you recover some of these lost wages.