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Helping Victims of Severe Road Rash

While road rash is often written off as a minor injury, severe cases can completely change a person’s life. Road rash can cause serious scarring, deadly infections, and even limb loss. If you have suffered road rash, you know exactly how serious this kind of injury can be. You also know how expensive it is to recover. No one should be left paying for an accident that wasn’t their fault. That is where we at Aghabegian & Associates, PC, come in.

With years of experience as personal injury attorneys in Glendale, we have helped countless clients through countless claims. We have seen how devastating auto accidents can be, and we have also seen how hard insurance companies fight to get out of paying proper settlements. If you are suffering from a road rash injury that was caused by someone else’s negligence, then you need someone in your corner, fighting for your rights. To speak with our team at Aghabegian & Associates, PC, call us at (818) 507-4311 today.

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The Dangers of Road Rash

Everyone has scraped a knee or elbow. These small wounds can be painful, but after a quick rinse and bandage, they are usually nothing to worry about. Oftentimes, when people hear “road rash,” their mind goes to those small scrapes. But there is a huge difference between road rash and a skinned knee. Road rash occurs when a person’s skin rubs against the rough asphalt of the road. The porous surface and the friction strip the skin away, leaving deep, bleeding abrasions across the body. There are different levels of road rash, but even the most minor can lead to serious health risks.

First-degree: The abrasions will not have completely broken through the skin. You will be left with what looks like a rash, meaning red, bumpy skin, with some minor bleeding. While first-degree road rash does not need medical treatment to heal, it is still wise to have the wound cleaned as there is chance of infection.

Second-degree: The skin is broken. There may be severe bleeding, and noticeable debris lodged in the wound. Having this debris removed is extremely important to promote proper healing. If the debris is not removed and the wound not sterilized, it could lead to a serious infection.

Third-degree: The skin has been completely removed. You may be able to see muscle, tendons, or even bones. At this level, road rash is not just painful, it is life-threatening. You need to seek medical treatment as soon as possible to have any hope of recovery.

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What Causes Road Rash?

As the name implies, road rash is most often caused by the road. The important factors in how road rash develops are the rough surface and the friction. This means that road rash could happen on the sidewalk, street, driveway, or even in a building if the floor is rough enough. There are countless accidents that could lead to a road rash injury, including:

If you have been involved in any of the above accidents, you may have some degree of road rash. Even a first-degree road rash injury could lead to a serious infection if it isn’t properly cleaned and bandaged. However, the real danger comes from second- and third-degree road rash, and there are select groups that are at far higher risk for developing that kind of injury than others.

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Road Rash and Motorcycles

A motorcycle doesn’t have the same safety features as car. There are no walls or seatbelts or airbags. This means that, save for the safety gear the rider chooses to put on, there is no protection for the rider from the road. When a biker gets into an accident, he is often flung from his vehicle, and sent skidding across the road. With enough force, even a motorcycle jacket offers little protection, as it can be worn down by the road as well. Oftentimes, the most severe cases of road rash can be found on motorcycle riders.

People on bikes and people on foot lack protection from the road or the vehicles around them. If either group finds itself the victim of a serious accident, it is very likely that they will suffer severe road rash. Road rash that cuts to the muscle or bone is difficult to treat, as the skin is completely gone. This means stitches are not an option. Instead, expensive treatments like skin grafts must be implemented. This much-needed treatment can lead to severe medical debt, which is why it is vital for road rash victims to receive proper compensation.

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Receiving Proper Compensation

Recovering from severe road rash is far from easy. You will likely be bedridden for months, and, if the damage is bad enough, could even lose one of your limbs. Taking that kind of time off and getting the surgeries necessary is expensive. It may not be long before you find yourself swimming in medical debt. If your road rash was the result of someone else’ negligence, however, then you do have options.

When you file a claim, you can demand compensation to cover the costs that the at-fault party left you with. These costs, more often known as damages, can vary in type from economic to non-economic. Generally speaking, you can receive compensation for:

  • Property damage
  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Lost job opportunities
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lowered quality of life
  • Emotional trauma
  • Loss of enjoyment

However, keep in mind that it isn’t the at-fault party who is paying for this compensation: it is their insurance provider. These companies have the power and motivation to fight against a claim. Even if you are clearly the wronged party, they will do everything they can to pay you as little as possible. If you want proper compensation, then you need to work with an experienced attorney to get it.

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Call (818) 507-4311 to Get the Help You Need

You shouldn’t have to suffer such a catastrophic injury, much less pay for it. If you want to seek compensation to cover the costs of your road rash, we at Aghabegian & Associates, PC, can help. We have years of experience as personal injury attorneys and can offer you the legal expertise that your case needs. Call us at (818) 507-4311 to speak with one of our incredible attorneys.

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