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Motorcycle Road Rash: A Serious Injury

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“Road rash” refers to severe friction burns caused when the body slides across a surface. Because motorcyclists are so exposed while riding, they are at risk of suffering road rash when thrown from their bike after a collision. If you have suffered road rash, then expensive medical treatment might be necessary. You should consult with an experienced Brooklyn motorcycle accident lawyer for advice on whether you can receive compensation from the at-fault party.

Types of Road Rash

In many ways, road rash is like a burn injury. Victims can be left with significant scarring that might require skin grafts or cosmetic surgery to treat. As with burns, road rash is classified by how deeply you are injured:

  • First-degree road rash: A minor scrape that is analogous to a sunburn or rug burn.
  • Second-degree road rash: The outer layer of skin is torn, broken, or scraped off.
  • Third-degree road rash: All layers of skin are scraped off or broken, revealing underlying tissue or bone. Third-degree road rash is extremely painful, and victims can suffer permanent nerve damage or serious scarring.

Treatment will vary depending on the severity of the rash:

  • First-degree road rash probably does not need any medical treatment beyond cleaning the scrape and applying a sterile bandage.
  • Second-degree road rash will warrant cleaning and the application of a bandage. A doctor might also recommend a topical ointment to prevent infection. If the wound is red, puffy, or painful to the touch, you should see a doctor as it might have become infected.
  • Third-degree road rash warrants immediate medical attention. A doctor might need to perform surgery to limit damage. Victims might remain in the hospital for several weeks and benefit from physical therapy to improve movement.

Psychological Dimensions

Road rash, like burns, also can cause severe psychological problems, especially when the injury occurs to a visible part of the body like the face. Victims can require counseling and psychotherapy to help them deal with fear, anger, embarrassment, and depression. They might also need antidepressants or other prescription drugs to help them manage their moods. Affected family members can suffer as well and  might benefit from attending a support group.

Reconstructive surgery to the face can help relieve some of the emotional distress caused by the accident, but significant scarring can still remain even after surgery.

Receive Compensation for Road Rash

If someone else is to blame for your accident, then you might be able to hold them responsible for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. To check whether you have a valid claim, you should meet with a Brooklyn motorcycle accident lawyer today.

At the Law Offices of David J. Hernandez & Associates, our team has helped many motorcyclists obtain the compensation they need to recover after a collision. If you contact us and schedule a free consultation, we can begin reviewing your case. We are happy to discuss your options, such as whether you should file a claim with another driver’s insurance company or bring a lawsuit.

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