Officers are trying to figure out what exactly caused a recent fatal car accident in Conover on Reese Drive. What they know already is that the vehicle involved swerved off the road, hit a bunch of trees and ended up in flames after the gas tank erupted, according to WSOC9.
Our Conover personal injury attorneys understand that a number of injuries can result from a car accident, but we often fail to neglect to think of burns in the incidents. Burns can result from car accidents and a number of other types of accidents as well. Someone dies from a burn accident in the U.S. in 2010 every 169 minutes. Someone is injured from these accidents every 30 minutes. Although the top cause of fire-related deaths isn’t motor-vehicle accidents, it is still something for which to be on the lookout.
In 2009, nearly 90 percent of all fire-related fatalities in the county happen in homes. In 2010, fire fighters responded to nearly 385,000 household fires in the U.S. These fires took the lives of nearly 3,000 people and injured another 13,350 throughout that year.
According to The Burn Resource Center, there are a number of factors that can be used to determine just how severe a burn is. Burns are classified by depth and they may be first, second, third or fourth degrees.
First-Degree Burns: These types of burns are red and very sensitive to touch. In a first-degree burn, the skin will appear blanched when you apply pressure to it. These types of burns involve only a little bit of tissue damage, which only affects the epidermis. A sunburn is a good example of a first-degree burn.
Second-Degree Burns: These types of burns affect both the epidermis and the layer underneath that, the dermis, or top layer of skin. These types of burns cause blisters, swelling, pain and redness. They also often affect hair follicles and sweat glands. If these types of burns aren’t treated, decreased blood blow and swelling can occur, which can cause the turn to turn into a third-degree burn.
Third-Degree Burns: These types of burns affect the epidermis, the dermis and the hypodermis. These burns cause the skin to char or to turn a translucent white color. With these burns, the area affected can be numb although the victim will feel pain. Healing of these types of burns takes a much longer time to heal because the skin tissue and the structures are already destroyed. Third-degree burns typically result in extensive scarring.
Fourth-Degree Burns: These types of burns are often called full-thickness burns as they affect all lawyers of the skin in addition to the structures below. The structures include muscles, ligaments, bones and tendons. These kinds of burns aren’t painful because of the destruction of nerve endings. Treatment for these burns can include skin grating and surgery and they can cause life-threatening injuries, amputation or a lifetime of rehabilitation.
Contact the personal injury attorneys at Lee Law Offices, P.A. if you or someone close to you has been injured or killed in a burn accident. We offer free consultations to injured consumers in North and South Carolina. Call 1-800-887-1965 to speak to an injury lawyer today.
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