Burn injuries can be one of the most challenging injuries after a Florida car accident. The scarring, pain, and even mobility loss after this type of accident can be devastating. Burn injuries often occur in Florida car accident when a fuel tank leads or explodes, causing a fire.
The first step with a serious burn injury is to seek immediate medical care. Florida burn injury patients are usually rushed to an emergency room after a car accident and may be transferred to a specialty burn unit. Emergency personnel work to stabilize the patient, assess the degree of the burn, and commence treatment. In some cases, burn injuries can be life-threatening. Wide-spread burns and burns in specific areas of the body can place stress on major organs and can even prove fatal.
The initial priority with a burn injury is to prevent infection and ensure healing. The burns are usually treated and covered. Doctors will typically commence treatment and will work to monitor a patient, if the burns are widespread, to ensure that major organs are functioning well. A severe or wide-spread burn may require weeks of hospital stay and many months or even years of treatment on an out-patient basis.
Rehabilitation is necessary with some burn injuries. In cases where the burn penetrates the skin and affects muscles and bone, mobility can be severely affected. To regain mobility, patients may need to take months in therapy and rehabilitation to regain lost mobility.
After your car accident, you may also want skin grafts and other forms of treatment to minimize the scarring associated with your burn injury. Scarring is often not just cosmetic, but is also profoundly difficult for a car accident victim. Car accident victims with severe scarring may notice others staring at them or may face extreme difficulty in social situations. Unfortunately, many medical insurance carriers see skin grafts and other scar treatment as “purely cosmetic” and may not be willing to cover the costs, which are substantial. For this reason, burn injury victims may wish to consult with the Flaxman Law Group to determine whether they can seek a settlement that helps them cover these important costs. The initial consultation with the Flaxman Law Group is free of charge, and is a good way to explore various options for treatment and recovery.
Pain management will also likely be a long-term solution for most Florida burn injury patients. Burn injuries can be very painful, especially as the skin starts to heal. Most patients will require expensive pain medication as well as alternative pain treatments, in some cases where traditional pain management does not work.
In addition to taking care of the physical needs of burn injury patients, most medical professionals today also recognize that these patients require emotional support as well. Burn injuries and the scarring they create can be very traumatic for patients. Some patients have a hard time resuming normal relationships and social activities after their injury. Depression, upset, and even anger are not uncommon. Therapy and counseling are often necessary to help patients work through these problems. Again, however, many insurance carriers do not pay for these needed services. For this reason, Florida car accident victims who have sustained serious injuries should seek the help of a qualified attorney to ensure that they have the financial resources to pay for all needed treatment.
Florida law does protect you after a serious Florida car accident. To find out how, contact the Flaxman Law Group for a free consultation to discuss your case and your rights. The legal team at the Flaxman Law Group have offices in Miami, Homestead, and Hollywood and have successfully helped thousands of South Florida personal injury victims.