Burn Injuries in Tennessee Auto Accidents
Auto accidents involving cars, trucks, and motorcycles can cause a number of different injuries to victims, but one of the most serious types of injuries that can occur are burns. Burn injuries can range from mild to severe, and serious burns can require extensive medical care. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Mitch Grissim & Associates have represented many accident victims injured by burns in auto accidents throughout the Nashville area. To learn more about your legal options after an accident, call or contact our office today to schedule a free case consultation.
Types of Burn Injuries
Burn injuries caused by an auto accident can range from mild to severe and are typically categorized as either a first, second, or third-degree burn. First-degree burns are the mildest type of burn injury, where only the outermost layer of skin is affected. First-degree burns are typified by pain and reddening of the affected skin that can last for a couple of days to a week. Second-degree burns are more serious and affect both the outer and inner layers of skin. These burns are often identified by blistering of the skin, swelling, pain, and redness. Depending on how serious the second-degree burn injury is, recovery can take weeks.
The most severe type of burn injury is a third-degree burn, which affects the outer and inner layers of skin in addition to the nerves and other soft tissues. Third-degree burns can cause white, blackened, or charred skin. If the burn has damaged the nerves, there can be a loss of sensation in the affected area. Third degree burns often require skin grafts, surgeries, and extensive medical treatment after an auto accident. Burn injuries can also result in scarring, disfigurement, and complications for months or years after the initial accident.
Compensation for Burn Injuries
Because of the extensive medical care that is often required after burn injuries, it is critical that accident victims are fully compensated after an accident. Compensation includes economic and noneconomic damages for burn injuries. Economic damages cover all out of pocket expenses, including current and future medical bills, property loss, wage loss, and the loss of future income and benefits. Medical bills include transportation costs, hospitalization, medication, treatment, scans, surgery, rehabilitation, long-term care, and more.
Noneconomic damages compensate the victim for the other harm inflicted by burn injuries in an auto accident. This includes payment for their pain and suffering, emotional distress, disability, disfigurement, and loss of enjoyment of life. Talk with an experienced personal injury attorney today to learn more about compensation for burn injuries after an auto accident in the Nashville area.
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No one should have to navigate the healing process and the legal process alone after suffering from burn injuries in an auto accident. To speak with a knowledgeable Nashville personal injury attorney about your legal claims, call the office or contact us today at Mitch Grissim & Associates to schedule a free case consultation.