Treating Road Rash Quickly Can Prevent Serious Infections
Motorcycle accidents are caused in many ways, resulting in riders suffering serious injuries or death. A common injury motorcycle riders experience is road rash—the scraping of the skin against hard concrete that can cause the skin to rub off and can also cause abrasions and lacerations. Even if the injuries are minor, prompt treatment is essential to avoid more serious infections from developing.
4 Treatments Riders Could Need for Road Rash
Treatment of road rash after a motorcycle accident should begin as soon as possible after the crash. A person may need to seek the following treatments:
- Cleaning and dressing the wound. The wound needs to be cleaned right away with warm water and a mild soap to prevent infection and scarring. Once this is done, an antibiotic cream can be applied and the wound covered. Cleaning and changing the dressing should be done daily. The person must be on the watch for signs of infection. With minor road rash, this treatment could be all that is needed.
- Tetanus shot. If the person is not certain when he last had a tetanus shot or it was more than 10 years before the road rash injury, he should get another shot to prevent an acute infectious disease causing muscle spasms from developing.
- Severe abrasion and deeper laceration treatment. For deep cuts that do not stop bleeding or have edges that pull apart, stitches could be required. If the abrasion is severe, a doctor may need to clean the wound properly to remove embedded glass, dirt, and metal particles to prevent infection.
- Skin grafts. For third degree road rash where the five layers of skin are broken down, a person could need skin grafts. He would be at risk of life-threatening infections and may be treated with intravenous (IV) antibiotics. Multiple cosmetic surgeries and skin grafts to reduce the permanent disfigurement and scarring and long-term muscle, tissue, and nerve damage could be required.
For serious cases of road rash, a person could need multiple, expensive surgeries, and be off work for an extended period of time, causing financial hardship for his whole family. In addition, he could suffer long-term emotional trauma if the road rash results in permanent disfigurement or scarring. Fortunately, he could be entitled to compensation for these expenses from the negligent driver who caused the crash.
Did you or a family member suffer road rash or other injuries in a motorcycle accident caused by another driver? Call me at 888.716.8021 to schedule a free consultation to learn about your legal options and how I can help you.
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