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Burns & Scarring from Car Accidents

Legal Representation for Victims of Burns and Scarring

Burned skin on backCar fires are extremely dangerous. Due to the presence of fuel, when a car catches fire, it is in danger of explosion. In 2009, there were nearly 220,000 car fires. Nearly 300 people died from car fires that year, and over 1,600 people suffered serious injuries. In most cases of deaths due to car fires, the victim dies either at the scene or on the way to the hospital. But a properly designed car and fuel system should remain intact in reasonably expected circumstances. It’s certainly reasonable to expect cars to get into crashes.

Injuries from Car Fires

Car fires can lead to burns, which can result in lifelong effects, including physical disability, mobility problems, disfigurement, and extreme emotional trauma. Automobile fires can result when a driver is careless, distracted, or under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or when a driver engages in aggressive driving. When fuel escapes a vehicle’s fuel system, things like a spark, hot engine, or exhaust pipe can ignite the gas, causing serious injury or death.

Long-Term Effects of Burn Injuries

The immediate effects of burn injuries include shock, electrolyte imbalance, infection, and respiratory difficulty. Treatment of burns is painful and involves removing dead tissue, providing adequate fluids, and applying dressings to the wounds. In some cases, skin grafting can be used to treat severe burns. Although modern treatment techniques mean that fewer people die from burns than in decades past, large burns can still be fatal. Those who survive severe burns often suffer lifetime disability.

Factors Affecting Prognosis

  • How much of the surface area of the body was burned
  • How deep the burns were
  • Age of the victim - the younger the victim, the more likely he or she is to survive burn injuries
  • Other injuries such as smoke inhalation that can complicate the healing process

Call Our Fort Lauderdale Car Accident Lawyers for Help

Burns from car accidents or any other fire require immediate medical attention. When a burn victim has been stabilized, the victim’s loved ones are strongly encouraged to contact a personal injury attorney at once. The skilled, compassionate, and experienced lawyers at Kelley/Uustal have the resources necessary to make sure that people who are burned in car accidents receive the care and compensation they deserve. Let a dedicated legal team work with insurance companies and through the court system if necessary to help ensure fair compensation when an accident results in burns.

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