Although burn injuries are not as common as other types of injuries sustained from automobile accidents, crashes that result in fire can cause devastating injuries or even death to victims. Burns can cause serious pain and often require rehabilitation depending on how serious the injury is. When you or a loved one has been burned as the result of a car accident that was not your fault, you may have legal rights to compensation.
Types of Burns
Burns are damage to the tissues of the body from heat, chemicals, electricity, sunlight, or radiation. They can cause blistering, swelling, scarring, and in more serous cases, shock and death.
Car accident burn injuries typically fall into three categories:
Heat– Heat burns are the most common type of burn suffered from a car accident. These types of burns are caused by contact with hot metal, hot water or steam escaping from a damaged radiator, or contact with a heated element of a vehicle.
Electrical– Electrical burns occur when an electric current runs through the body. Vehicles contain extensive electrical systems that can present many opportunities for victims to come in contact with electricity.
Chemical– Chemical burns occur when someone’s skin comes in contact with strong chemicals. These types of burns typically happen when a truck carrying hazardous substances is involved in an accident. However, some household cleaners or other products being transported in a vehicle could spill in a collision and cause a chemical burn.
Any of these types of burns can lead to minor first-degree burns, blistering second-degree burns, or critical life threatening third-degree burns.
Help After A Burn Injury
If you’ve been burned in an accident, The Cochran Firm Philadelphia, a personal injury attorney,would like to help you seek the compensation you deserve. We believe in standing up for the rights of victims who have been seriously injured by the negligence, recklessness, or wrongdoing of others. To arrange a free no obligation consultation, contact our office today at 800-969-4400.