Injuries caused by automobile accidents are not uncommon, but they do manifest in a variety of ways. Cuts, bruises, sprains, and broken bones are all common car accident injuries that are grounds for a personal injury case, should be injured person decide to file one against the other driver. Burns are also a common accident injury and form a special category due to the nature of them and the variance between them.
In general, there are three types of burn injuries caused by car accidents that then split off into more specific ones. These categories are heat burns, electrical burns, and chemical burns. Out of these, heat burns are probably the most common, as they can be caused by contact with any kind of hot metal, water or steam, or any of the elements on the vehicle. In more extreme cases, parts of the vehicle can catch fire, which with contact would lead to severe burns.
Electrical burns are caused by strong electric currents running through the body. Due to the fact that cars, especially more modern cars, have intensive electrical systems in them, if a live wire or malfunctioning device shocks a person strongly enough, it can cause a burn injury. Finally, chemical burns are caused by hazardous chemicals interacting with or corroding part of a person’s body. Normally, cars don’t have too many dangerous chemicals unless they are carrying them as cargo, but if they do spill, the results can be dramatic.
Of these three types of burn injuries, they can all occur in various stages of degrees, ranging from one to three. All burns should be treated immediately and if professional treatment is required, you may be entitled to financial compensation from the at-fault driver in the form of a personal injury case. To learn more about the process of filing for a personal injury claim and how we at the Franco Law Firm can help guide you through one, please call us any time at (813) 872-0929.