If you have sustained a skin injury after a car accident that was not your fault, read on for different types of skin injuries, treatment options and tips regarding your personal injury case. The Bishop Law Firm represents car accident victims in North Carolina and we do not get paid unless we win your case.

Please seek immediate medical treatment after being involved in a car accident. What may appear to only affect the outer layer of skin may actually be much deeper and more serious. In addition, without proper wound care the possibility of serious complications can arise.

The most common types of skin injury after a car accident are:

  1. Cuts, Scratches and Gashes: During a car accident the skin can be cut. If the cut is deep or long enough, skin glue or stitches may be needed. If so, wound dressings should be changed properly and all medical advice followed. Some wounds may take longer to heal or are more prone to infection because of their location (hand, foot, leg, armpit, or groin) (Via Saint Luke’s).
  2. Bruises: A bruise forms when trauma breaks blood vessels near your skin’s surface, allowing a small amount of blood to leak into the tissues under your skin. The trapped blood may cause a bruise that at first looks like a black-and-blue mark and then changes color as it heals (Via Mayo Clinic). A bruise is treated with RICE (rest, ice, compress and elevate). Bruises are usually reabsorbed by the body but sometimes the bruise is so severe that you have a hematoma. A hematoma is a large collection of blood in the injured area which may need to be surgically drained. Also, another consideration is a blood clot.
  3. Burns: While cars do not usually catch on fire after an accident, sometimes a ruptured gas tank and a electrical spark can cause a fire. Burns are broken down into degrees: 1st (mild), 2nd (partial thickness burns) and 3rd (full thickness burns – the worst). 1st and 2nd degree burns are usually treated with topical creams but 3rd degree burns may require more intense treatment like a skin graft. Unfortunately, pain from a burn is one of the worst pains that a human can feel. In addition, the itching from healing skin can be unbearable. Burns also have a high change of infection (Via WebMD) and can result in long term neuropathy.

Skin Injury after a car accident should be examined by a physician immediately after the accident to rule out deeper issues. You should take photos of the accident scene, the vehicles and your injuries as soon as possible. You should also take photos of your recovery process (including healing bruises,bandaging, stitches, scars, etc). These photos are helpful for your case. In addition, you should keep track of where you receive medical treatment, your prescriptions, the cost of any medical supplies that you have purchased and your missed time from work.

As soon as possible you should file a claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company. If the at-fault party’s insurance company refuses to accept liability or if they refuse to pay for medical treatment that your doctor has prescribed you should consider calling a NC Car Accident Lawyer. The Bishop Law Firm represents car accident and personal injury victims in Raleigh, Durham, Rocky Mount, Wilson, Smithfield, Louisburg, Chapel Hill, Roanoke Rapids, and surrounding areas in North Carolina. We do not get paid unless we win your case! Call us today for a free case evaluation, (919) 615-3095.