Burns from Car Accidents and other Causes
Burns are very common to car accidents and may be caused by direct impact from a car crash, malfunctioning wires or mechanical failures. Burns can be highly variable in terms of the tissue affected, the severity, and resultant complications. Muscle, bone, blood vessel, and epidermal tissue can all be damaged with subsequent pain due to profound injury to nerve endings. Depending on the location affected and the degree of severity, a burn victim may experience a wide number of potentially fatal complications including shock, infection, electrolyte imbalance and respiratory distress. Beyond physical complications, burns can also result in severe psychological and emotional distress due to scarring and deformity.
The most common system of classifying burns categorizes them as first-, second-, or third-degree. Sometimes this is extended to include a fourth or even up to a sixth degree, but most burns are first- to third-degree, with the higher-degree burns typically being used to classify burns postmortem. The following are brief descriptions of these classes:
First-degree burns are usually limited to redness (erythema) a white plaque and minor pain at the site of injury. These burns only involve the epideris.
Second-degree burns manifest as erythema with superficial blistering of the skin, and can involve more or less pain depending on the level of nerve involvement. Second-degree burns involve the superficial (papillary) dermis and may also involve the deep (reticular) dermis layer.
Third-degree burns occur when the epidermis is lost with damage to the hypodermis. Burn victims will exhibit charring and extreme damage of the dermis, and sometimes hard eschar will be present. Third-degree burns result in scarring and victims will also exhibit the loss of hair shafts and keratin. These burns may require grafting.
Fourth-degree burns damage muscle, tendon, and ligament tissue, thus result in charring and catastrophic damage of the hypodermis. In some instances the hypodermis tissue may be partially or completely burned away as well as this may result in a condition called compartment syndrome, which threatens both the life and the limb and the patient. Grafting is required if the burn does not prove to be fatal.
Fifth-degree burns result in hypodermis being burnt off, leaving blackened muscle, tendon, and ligament, with damage to compact bone, and spongy bone. Fat, nerves, veins, arteries, arterioles, and venules have been destroyed and the burn area is paralyzed as a result. Grafting or amputation is required, depending on the size of the burn area.
Sixth-degree burns leaving blackened bone and damaging marrow tissue, these burns will definitely require amputation.
If you have been the victim of a burn in a car accident, it is important that you consult a physician immediately. Then, contact us to speak with a qualified Florida car accident lawyer as soon as possible to learn your legal rights and whether you should pursue a case. Find more information on the Personal Injury Lawyers website
Texas Truck Accident Lawyers Representing Victims of Semi-Truck and Tractor-Trailer Truck Accidents
Our Texas truck accident lawyers at our firm fully investigate the causes of a truck accident for our clients. While some of the causes of truck accidents may seem obvious, like simply rear-ending another vehicle, there are numerous other truck accident causes that may not seem so obvious.
Truck Accident Causes
The most common of causes of truck accidents are the following:
Fatigue, sleepy or tired drivers driving too many hours without rest
Truck drivers drinking alcohol or drug use
Running off the road
Failure to yield the right of way
Unsafe safety systems, reflectors, lights and other warning devices
Lack of training on the part of the truck driver
Poorly maintained brakes on the truck
Driving in conditions of poor visibility due to smoke, fog, snow or rain
Poorly maintained tires
Truck Accident Injuries
Our Texas truck accident lawyers also have extensive knowledge of the complex trucking regulations for both interstate and intrastate motor carriers. Truck accident cases are often won by proving that the truck driver and trucking company operated their trucks in violation of the trucking laws.
The injuries resulting from truck accidents are serious and often fatal. Cases involving death give rise to a Texas Wrongful Death Lawsuit.
Common injuries from these tragic truck accidents include:
Closed head/traumatic brain injury
Spinal cord injuries, including quadraplegia and paraplegia
Broken bones and Fractures
Back and neck injuries
Scarring and disfigurement
Road rash requiring significant skin grafts
Trucking Company Insurance Carriers
Our Texas truck accident lawyers also fully understand issues relating to trucking company insurance companies to obtain the best settlement for their client. Trucking companies, whether they are running semi-trailers, gravel trucks, garbage trucks, or dump trucks, are well insured. Companies carrying trucking insurance policies work aggressively to limit the amount of compensation and benefits they pay out. It is important to have an attorney not afraid to take on big insurance companies when you have been injured in an 18-wheeler accident.
Statute of Limitations in Texas Truck Accident Cases
The statute of limitations for trucking cases varies from state to state. Individuals who have been injured in a Texas truck accident should contact our Texas Truck Accident Lawyers immediately. They will start working on your case immediately, gathering the evidence to prove and win your case.
No-Fault Benefits After a Texas Truck Accident
Persons injured in a Texas truck accident often have claims for their personal injuries and can file No-Fault Insurance claims for medical expenses, lost wages, and other benefits, regardless of who was at fault in the accident.
Our No Fee Promise For Texas Truck Accident Cases
We will represent you in your Texas truck accident case under our NO FEE PROMISE. This means that you will not be charged any legal fees whatsoever unless we obtain a settlement or recovery for you. You have absolutely no obligation for legal fees unless we win your case. If we do not obtain a settlement for you, you owe us nothing!
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