Not treating road rash properly can lead to worsening and permanent damage like chronic pain, scarring, reduced range of motion, and disfigurement. If road rash becomes infected, the results can be life-threatening.
Road rash is a serious injury
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What is road rash?
Again, road rash is not a rash at all. It’s a type of skin burn caused by friction. In motorcycle accidents, road rash happens when exposed skin makes contact with the road for a long time and distance after a crash or slide. The rough surface causes skin abrasions (scrapes) that range in severity. The body parts most likely to sustain road rash in a motorcycle crash, include the arms, legs, and face.
There are three degrees of road rash:
- First-degree – The least severe. Only the outer layer of skin is damaged and appears red and tender.
- Second-degree – Includes bleeding, swelling, and possibly tendon and/or nerve damage. Scarring is common. The wound may also radiate heat.
- Third-degree – Severe road rash. All layers of the skin have been penetrated and damage has reached the fat layer under the skin. Requires immediate, emergency treatment to prevent permanent damage and infection. Surgery may be necessary to repair the skin and any damage to nerves or tendons.
Road rash diagnosis and treatment
To diagnose your road rash, a doctor will evaluate the extent of the wound and determine your TBSA (total body surface area). This is an estimate of how much of your body, or body part, is covered in burns. If your rash is severe, you may have had an ABCDE assessment where the medical professional checks your airway, breathing, circulation, disability (brain damage), and exposure.
Road rash may take years to heal. Recovery may require topical ointment, bandages, a split-thickness graft, debridement (removal of dead or severely damaged tissue), or flap cover. Multiple surgeries to remove damage and repair affected areas may also be necessary.
Boughter Sinak, LLC demands the insurance companies pay for the cost of your accident-related medical treatment now and in future. Our Indiana motorcycle accident lawyers have the experience that builds strong cases for road rash compensation that the insurance companies cannot ignore.
Free consultation with a road rash injury lawyer
If you were injured or a loved one died in an Indiana motorcycle accident, contact us for a free case consultation. At no cost to you, and at no obligation to hire us, we can estimate the value of your claim and review your options for compensation.
You should know that it will cost you nothing to get a knowledgeable Boughter Sinak, LLC motorcycle accident attorney to get started on your case. Our Fort Wayne road rash attorneys handle accident claims on contingency in Allen County, St. Joseph County, and throughout Indiana. That means that our payment is an agreed-upon percentage of the outcome. If we don’t get you a favorable settlement or verdict, you don’t pay us.
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