Pennsylvania Road Rash Injuries
A term used to describe an abrasion, road rash is a common injury as a result of bicycle and motorcycle accidents. There are also times when an accident victim suffers from road rash after a scooter or vehicle collision. While road rash is possible anywhere on the body, it is often sustained on exposed, joint areas such as elbows, knees, ankles, and shoulders. Some road rash injuries are minor, but others lead to life-altering health implications.
After an accident, connect with a Bucks County personal injury lawyer. Road rash and other injuries can lead to high expenses. Compensation could be possible, an attorney can explain what damage recovery options are available for your situation.
How Road Rash Injuries are Assessed
Similar to burn injuries, a doctor could categorize your road rash by giving it a diagnosis of first degree, second degree, or third degree.
- First-degree road rash. When a rash has impacted solely the outer layer, it may be able to heal without medical treatment. Scarring can also typically be avoided.
- Second-degree road rash. If the injury impacts lower skin layers, the injury may need more attention but can often heal with home care.
- Third-degree road rash. A serious injury, third degree means exposure beyond the skin, there could be damage to muscle and infection risk is high.
Having a medical professional assess your injuries after a motorcycle collision or bike accident is the best path to appropriate treatment. Infection can be an issue when it comes to road rash injuries. Infection could be possible if there is increased swelling, the area is warm to the touch, pus drains from the injury, drainage smells bad, or the victim experiences symptoms similar to what they feel when suffering from the flu, such as sore throat, nausea, diarrhea, aches, and chills.
Infections and Complications
If you do suffer from a road rash infection, there may be the need for antibiotics or additional medical care. The type of infection, whether it is a staphylococcus bacteria infection or a tetanus bacteria infection, will guide the treatment.
In addition to infection, sufferers of road rash may also have to cope with scarring and disfigurement or permanent damage to muscles, nerves, or tissues.
There is the possibility of road rash whenever an accident occurs but the injury often presents itself in warmer months and motorcyclists and bikers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania typically wear less clothing. It is important to note that covering skin and wearing protective gear can sometimes help to reduce the possibility of road rash.
Are you suffering from a road rash and other injuries following a car, bike, or motorcycle accident? You may have a right to financial compensation if the accident was caused by another’s negligence. Contact a member of the legal team at Kardos, Rickles & Hand. Our attorneys know how to secure the maximum settlement amount possible. Accidents happen every day. When they happen to you, it is essential you have a lawyer fighting for your rights. Reach out today, call 215-968-6602.