Motorcyclists have very little protection in the event of an accident and can easily be thrown from their bikes or dragged over the pavement through the course of a wreck. The Chicago motorcycle accident attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers recognize the catastrophic potential of these accidents and represent the needs of countless victims whose lives have been forever changed due to their injuries. Road rash is one of the more painful, debilitating and traumatic injuries you could experience while operating a motorcycle and the damage can include emotional turmoil, permanent disability and physical pain and suffering.
The Devastating Nature of Road Rash
Road rash occurs when a victim makes contact with the road and is dragged for an extended distance. Despite most efforts to cover the entire body as a protective measure, leather and denim is not always able to protect the skin during an accident that causes the victim to be thrown from his or her bike or pulled along the asphalt. The result is the tearing of the skin as well as the tissue beneath it; and in the worst cases the injury extends all the way to the bone. There are three degrees of road rash injuries that follow below.
- First Degree Road Rash— the most minor road rash injuries are simple scrapes, cuts and the reddening of the skin. Most people who suffer from first degree road rash are able to recover on their own with personal care and attention to the wounds during the healing process.
- Second Degree Road Rash— the second stage of severity is when the injury breaks the skin, but does not affect deep tissue. There may be redness, pain and bleeding and the victim can require medical treatment, but the long term prognosis is often very favorable. Most people are able to recover without any permanent scarring.
- Third Degree Road Rash— our Illinois motorcycle injury lawyers have found third degree road rash to be a very serious and debilitating form of injury. Victims have near complete skin loss and their deep tissue such as fat, muscle and cartilage are exposed and visible. Muscle tissue can also be pulled away from the bone, resulting in the need for surgical repair. The complications that accompany third degree road rash include the possibility of infection, possible need for amputation and the presence of deep and unsightly scars even after the victim has received multiple skin grafts.
The Emotional Trauma Caused by Road Rash
Our Illinois motorcycle injury attorneys recognize that the extent of road rash injuries goes beyond physical impairment. Victims often suffer from esteem issues when the injuries have permanently altered their appearances. It can be difficult for them to return to or maintain their status at work and their social lives may be negatively impacted by their scars. If you’ve suffered severe disfigurement or the loss of a limb, the emotional turmoil of adapting to a life with a disability can be very taxing.
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Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers is an award winning personal injury law firm that has successfully recovered compensation on behalf of thousands of people across the State of Illinois. We recognize that no one ever truly recovers from an injury like road rash, but will do everything in our power to ensure that you are not saddled with expensive medical obligations in addition to all that you have already endured. Contact us today to arrange a free consultation so that we can get to work on your behalf.
Our Chicago motorcycle accident attorneys have decades of experience and a proven track record of success, so you are sure that we will review all of your legal options and help you determine how best to proceed with your case. You will never need to worry about whether you can afford our services either, because all of our lawyers work on a contingency basis and will only collect a fee when we have secured damages on your behalf.