Western Washington Law Firm Helping Auto Accident Burn Victims
Burn injuries are among the most painful of automobile accident injuries, and they can happen in several ways. Gasoline can leak from crushed or pierced fuel tanks after a collision and ignite. The wreckage can become excruciatingly hot once the gasoline fire heats the metal and glass. There is also the hot liquid or steam that can escape from a wrecked engine. Even the gasoline itself can be harmful, as it and other strong chemicals can cause painful chemical burns.
Unlike many other potential automobile accident injuries, burns are almost certain to cause long-term complications for the victim. As a result, it is important to speak with a trusted accident attorney. Mark A. Hammer & Associates, Inc. has helped auto accident victims with burns, spinal cord injuries, amputations, fractures, and more for over 30 years. If you or someone close to you has suffered painful burns in an auto accident, we can help.
Common Complications Associated with Burns Suffered in Motor Vehicle Accidents
Burns can lead to a variety of long-term complications, including scarring. There is an increased risk of infection, particularly sepsis; a life-threatening infection that can attack and shut down internal organs. Burns—like spinal cord injuries—can also lead to limited mobility. This is caused by the formation of scar tissue, which in turn induces the shortening and tightening of skin, muscles, and tendons.
All of these complications can result in profoundly expensive medical costs, not all of which may be covered by a burn victim’s insurance. Much like in the case of amputations, burn complications can also substantially limit a burn victim’s ability to work, resulting in lost income and ability to earn income in the future. Burn complications can also greatly affect a victim’s enjoyment of life.
For burn victims, it is important to consult with an experienced automobile accident attorney. Unlike most fractures, burns are life-long injuries. An attorney can help determine the ways in which these complications affect a burn victim’s life, the nature and extent of the victim’s injuries and the parties who are reasonable for causing the injuries. An attorney can ensure that you receive the compensation you are entitled to and put you on the path to recovery.