When a car crash results in catastrophic burns

A fiery car crash represents one of the most horrendous Florida accidents of which you could become the victim.

Given the enclosed space of your vehicle, you likely will sustain one or more of the four types of burns in a fiery car crash:

  1. Thermal burns from the flames themselves or from coming into contact with one of your vehicle’s overheated surfaces
  2. Scald burns from coming into contact with spilled coffee or one of your vehicle’s overheated liquids such as gasoline
  3. Electrical burns from coming into contact with one of your vehicle’s live electrical wires or a hanging overhead power line
  4. Chemical burns from coming into contact with one of your vehicle’s chemical fluids such as antifreeze, transmission fluid, etc.

Burn seriousness

Medical experts classify the seriousness of the fiery car crash burns you could receive as a result of your accident as follows:

  • First degree: minor burns to your skin
  • Second degree: more serious burns to your skin, but that do not invade the tissues beneath it
  • Third degree: highly serious burns that penetrate through your skin into your muscles, tendons and nerves; could be life-threatening
  • Fourth degree: the most catastrophic burns that go deep into your bones; definitely life-threatening

Burn aftermath

As you might expect, burns take an exceptionally long time to heal. You will face a lengthy stay in a hospital burn unit if you suffer burns in your car crash, and you will experience great pain while there from the constant necessary debridement and other procedures. In addition, you likely will need to undergo several surgeries so that the surgeons can try to minimize the extensive scarring that burns almost always leave on your body.