Motorcycle road rash injuries are not always superficial. They cause damage deep beneath the skin and often lead to scarring and disfigurement. If you were recently hurt in a motorcycle accident, you will want to carefully look into your compensation options. You might be entitled to recover various damages from the insurance company or via a personal injury suit.
For a free legal consultation with a motorcycle accident attorney in Ohio, call Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault & Schaffer Co., L.P.A. today at 419-843-6663.
What do road rash injuries entail?
Road rash refers to skin injuries that occur when the skin slides across the ground in an accident. Similar to burn injuries, road rash severity has grades:
- First-degree – The most superficial of road burns, first-degree road rash involves only minor damage to the outermost layer of skin. It causes burning and redness, and generally does not need professional medical treatment.
- Second-degree – Second-degree road rash breaks the outer layer of skin, and causes pain and swelling, but it is usually responsive to treatment and only produces minimal scarring.
- Third-degree – Third-degree road rash occurs when the injuries are deep and cause damage to the underlying layer of skin. Because these injuries cause severe damage and loss of skin, skin grafting may be necessary and scarring is likely. Third-degree road rash is likely to cause more damage that you must consider when filing a claim for compensation.
What are the ramifications of serious road rash injuries?
Serious road rash injuries cause more than just physical harm. The impact can be quite far-reaching, particularly when skin grafting and scarring is involved. In addition to pain, hospitalization, and risk of complications like infection, motorcycle accident victims often sustain significant emotional damages.
Scarring and disfigurement can cause major body image issues that shake a person’s core and affect his relationships and sense of well-being. This is predominantly true when the scars are on highly visible areas of the body, such as the face and arms. It can even affect his ability to do his job as well as the future of his career.
Moreover, medical treatment is not cheap. Just one skin grafting surgery can cost over $18,000, according to the Healthcare Bluebook. And that is just the tip of the iceberg. There are also follow-up visits, possible reconstructive surgeries, prescriptions, and loss of income to consider.
These costs are why it is important to be thorough when detailing your damages on your motorcycle accident claim. You want to make sure the settlement accounts for all of your current and future losses before signing.
Run your case by an attorney to verify that any settlement offers you receive are fair and that you are not forgetting to account for damages you are rightfully entitled to.
How can I obtain a fair settlement for my damages?
The more evidence you have to support your claim and demonstrate your injuries, the more likely you are to secure a fair settlement award. You can prove the value of your claim with items such as medical records, bills, and receipts.
You can also have a medical expert and a mental health expert verify the extent of your physical and emotional damages. Photos of your road rash injuries and scarring can also be very instrumental when presenting your claim to insurance adjusters or the court.
Another useful tool when trying to prove the value of your case is an injury journal. Keep a daily journal and document the progress and effects of your road rash and other injuries. Note your pain levels each day (on a scale of one to ten), your symptoms, any activities that improved or worsened your injuries, and how your road rash affects your day-to-day life. Then share this journal with your lawyer as they work on building your case.
To determine the most advantageous way to proceed with your case (i.e., your insurance company, an at-fault party’s insurance company, or a lawsuit), call our motorcycle accident lawyer at Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault & Schaffer Co., L.P.A. in Toledo. Let us help you recover the compensation you need and deserve. Contact us today at 419-843-6663.