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Car wrecks and catastrophic burns

Posted on Monday, January 28th, 2019 at 3:39 pm    

At the Law Offices of Seaton & Bates PLLC in Tennessee, many of our clients have received serious injuries in a motor vehicle accident. Should you suffer burns in a fiery crash, these are some of the most catastrophic injuries that car wrecks produce.

The combination of your car’s enclosed space plus the numerous parts, liquids and interior surfaces that could become hot enough to burn you make for a deadly combination. Even if you survive such a crash, the effects of your burns could remain with you for the rest of your life.

Types of burns

The American Burn Association explains that the following four types of burns can happen in a car crash:

  1. Thermal burns from the fire itself or from one of your car’s excessively hot interior surfaces
  2. Electrical burns from your car’s live wires or from a downed power line
  3. Scald burn from your car’s hot liquids such as gasoline or even from excessively hot coffee that spills on you during the crash
  4. Chemical burns from your car’s caustic fluids such as antifreeze, steering fluid, oil, transmission fluid, etc.

Degrees of burns

While medical experts categorize burns from first- to fourth-degree depending upon their severity, car crash victims almost invariably suffer third- and fourth-degree burns, the most catastrophic. (First- and second-degree burns generally result from overexposure to the sun’s rays.) Should you receive third-degree burns in your car crash, not only will your skin receive extensive injury, but so will the tissues, muscles and tendons underneath the affected burn areas. Should you receive fourth-degree burns, the damage goes even deeper, all the way to your bones. Both third- and fourth-degree burns require immediate medical assistance and intervention since they constitute life-threatening injuries.

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