Truck accidents often cause catastrophic or even fatal damage due to the sheer size and weight of a vehicle alone.
To that end, burn injuries are one of the less common but still not unusual injuries that truck accident victims may suffer from.
Second- and third-degree burns from truck crashes
Temple Health looks at the degree of severity of burn injuries and how that impacts a victim’s health. Unfortunately for sufferers, many victims of burns due to truck accidents will usually suffer from second or third-degree burns.
Unlike first-degree burns, which primarily affect the outer layer of the skin and do not result in severe or lasting damage, both second and third-degree burns can have crucial health impacts.
Second-degree burns can leave behind noticeable scarring. These burns involve at least two layers of skin and will result in blistering. These burns often give the sufferer great deals of pain even when the burned areas are not touching anything.
Short and long term effects of severe burns
Third-degree burns have an even higher level of severity. Though the victim may not feel pain, this is due to extensive damage to the nerves which is not always recoverable. The scarring that third-degree burns cause is notable and can easily impact the mental health of the sufferer. Many need cosmetic surgery to regain their sense of confidence or worth, beyond the reconstructive surgery needed to simply restore basic functions.
Due to the heavy impact burns can have on victims and the high cost of many of these surgeries, many choose to seek compensation.