At the Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid in Illinois, we represent numerous people who have received injuries as the result of a car crash. Should you become the victim of a fiery crash, the burns you receive could result not only in enormous pain, but also in months, if not years, of surgeries and skin grafts to attempt to minimize the scarring.
One of the dangers inherent in a fiery car crash is that you will likely suffer four distinct types of burns. The American Burn Association lists these as follows:
- Electrical burns if any part of your body touches one of your car’s electrical wires or the downed wires of a power pole
- Chemical burns if any part of your body touches one of your car’s caustic liquids such as antifreeze, transmission fluid, etc.
- Scald burns if any part of your body touches one of your car’s hot liquids such as gasoline
- Thermal burns if any part of your body comes into contact with the fire’s flames themselves or one of your car’s exceedingly hot interior surfaces
Degrees of seriousness
As you might expect, not all burns cause the same amount of damage to your skin and tissues. For example, you likely have already suffered one or more first- or second-degree burns from staying out in the sun too long in the summer without wearing proper sunscreen. While first- and second-degree burns may blister your skin, causing you to peel, they do not invade the tissues below your skin.
Third- and fourth-degree burns do, and unfortunately, these are the degrees of burns you likely will suffer in a fiery car crash. Third-degree burns not only scorch your skin, but also scorch your underlying nerves, tendons, muscles and other tissues. Fourth-degree burns go deeper yet, scorching your bones. Both third- and fourth-degree burns are life-threatening, and you must receive immediate medical intervention and treatment to save your life.
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