Road rash is one of the most common injuries in motorcycle accidents. Proving the monetary value of road rash injuries in a lawsuit to recover damages for those injuries often requires detailed testimony from physicians and surgeons and an analysis of long-term medical costs required to treat these injuries.
A motorcycle accident attorney will first describe whether your road rash is characterized as first, second or third degree. First degree road rash is a simple skin-level abrasion, second degree road rash affects deeper layers of skin, and third degree road rash abrades almost all of the skin off of an affected area. Second and third degree road rash injuries require a greater amount of medical intervention, including skin grafts and other healing techniques to prevent permanent scarring.
Road rash also gives rise to the secondary problem of infections that arise from contact with contaminated materials during the accident or exposure to infections in a hospital. Your medical records will reveal the source of any infections. If your hospital fails to implement standard anti-infection protocols to avoid compounding your medical problems, that hospital may be exposing itself to additional liability for your road rash injuries.
If your road rash injuries leave you with permanent scarring and disfigurements, your accident attorney will also argue for increased monetary damages on the basis of your pain and suffering injuries, particularly if that pain and suffering requires long-term physical and psychological medical care. The final component of your attorney’s damages argument will be your lost wages and earnings while your road rash heals sufficiently to allow you to resume your normal activities.
Even if your road rash injuries at first seem insignificant, those injuries can have a long-term impact on your life and well-being. If you have suffered road rash or any other injuries in a motorcycle accident in North Carolina, please contact us for a free consultation on how we can help you to recover the maximum damages award top compensate for those injuries.