Burns And Explosion Injuries In Boating Accidents
When most people think about the types of injuries that can occur in a boating accident, they think of drowning and other water-related harm. However, victims of boating accidents often suffer from burns and other injuries related to explosions when a serious accident happens on a vessel. At the law office of Mitch Grissim & Associates, our Nashville personal injury attorneys have represented many victims of boating accidents and will fight for the compensation you deserve for your injuries. To learn more, call or contact our office today for a free consultation of your case.
Boating Burns and Explosion Injuries
Burns and explosion injuries occur in boating accidents more often than most people realize. When a vessel collides with another or with an object in the water the impact on the gas tanks can cause them to explode or fires to break out. Electrical malfunctions on board can also result in fires or explosions that cause serious injury. Even if a person manages to get off the boat, gasoline floating on top of the water can cause serious burn injuries to victims.
If the vessel suffers an explosion with victims onboard or nearby, the concussive blast can also cause other injuries. An explosion can send shrapnel flying, which can cause severe injuries to those nearby. The blast impact itself can also cause internal and external damage to victims, as well. The heat from the blast is another way that burn injuries are caused during boating accidents, as well.
Types of Burn Injuries
Burn injuries are categorized as either first, second, or third-degree burns depending on the severity. First-degree burns are the least serious and only involve damage to the most outer layers of the skin. This type of injury usually results in some pain and redness that should resolve itself within a few days. Second-degree burns are more serious and involve damage to the outer and inner layers of skin. This type of burn injury usually results in significant pain, redness, swelling, and blisters on the skin.
Third-degree burns are the most severe and involve damage to the outer and inner layers of skin as well as the nerves, fat, and bone in the affected area. Third-degree burns are usually white or brown in color and can appear as though the skin is leathery or charred. Oftentimes, this type of burn does not have any pain, as the nerves are damaged, but it does require immediate medical attention as there is a significant chance of infection, and surgeries, skin grafts, or even amputation may be required to treat this type of injury.
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If you or a loved one has suffered burn or explosion injuries as a result of a boating accident in the Nashville area, the experienced personal injury attorneys at the law office of Mitch Grissim & Associates are here to help. Call the office or contact us now to schedule a free evaluation of your case today.