Can I File a Personal Injury Claim for Road Rash?
Last Updated on September 29,2023
It is possible to file a personal injury claim for road rash if the condition results from an accident caused by negligence. The person responsible for your road rash is liable if their careless actions caused them to lose control of their vehicle.
What is Road Rash?
Road rash is a skin abrasion or friction burn that occurs when skin scrapes against a hard surface. There are three main degrees of road rash:
- First-degree abrasion: This is the mildest form of road rash with a superficial wound to the first layer of skin.
- Second-degree abrasion: A second-degree abrasion affects the first and second layer of skin, with bleeding possible.
- Third-degree abrasion: Sometimes called an avulsion wound, a third-degree abrasion is severe and typically requires medical attention
Road debris, such as dirt and rocks, may enter the wound, making infection possible. Signs of a possible infection include:
- A fever that lasts more than four hours
- Painful, irritated skin that is not healing
- Pus or discharge from the wound
Some cases of road rash involve exposed nerve endings that cause great pain. Seek immediate medical attention for your road rash and contact a personal injury lawyer for a free case evaluation without delay.
How Can Road Rash Occur?
Road rash is most commonly associated with accidents involving motorcycles, bicycles, and pedestrians. A driver who fails to use care behind the wheel is generally negligent when they engage in the following behaviors behind the wheel:
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol: impaired vision and reaction times can result in serious harm for others
- Drowsy driving: impairs drivers in ways similar to alcohol, with drivers reacting too late to prevent an accident
- Distracted driving: texting, eating, or passengers can distract a driver’s attention from the road
- Aggressive driving: angry interactions with others can cause a driver to lose control of their vehicle
The behaviors listed above are dangerous and often deadly when the accident involves a vulnerable road user. Motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians lack the protection afforded by drivers and their passengers.
In light of these risks, it’s essential to be aware of specific concerns like holiday travel risks and the importance of child safety. Our road safety category offers more insights and tips to ensure everyone’s safety on the road.
A driver may face criminal charges for their actions. The pursuit of a civil case remains your right, regardless of any criminal case. Justice for your injuries can involve possible compensation for your medical costs, lost wages, and your pain and suffering.
At Gina Corena & Associates, we represent accident victims who suffer painful road rash due to negligent drivers. Our experience is invaluable as we fight for compensation for your damages.
If you suffered serious road rash due to a driver who failed to share the road, contact us. Our team is eager to help you through this challenging time by representing your best interests.
Understand the Civil Process
A personal injury claim and lawsuit generally begin with negotiations. Negotiating with insurance companies for a fair settlement is a highly-skilled process. Insurance companies like nothing more than settling your case for the least amount of money possible. Settling your case before you secure legal representation is often a top priority.
While many personal injury cases settle without ever going to court, your case may need to go to trial. No matter how your case is eventually resolved, seeking the best outcome possible is vital for your financial future.
The accident you experienced brought an immediate halt to life as you knew it. There is no quick return to normal as you heal and recover. There is also no quick fix to your financial situation. Accepting a settlement offer before you hire a lawyer can prevent you from ever seeking further compensation. If you develop complications due to your road rash injury, you may not pursue a civil lawsuit for additional funds. Your claim, is in fact, considered closed.
This and other important legal details are too important to risk to chance. Having a lawyer on your side can prevent you future heartache as you deal with the long-term complications of your injuries. The team at Gina Corena & Associates provides legal representation to accident victims. Knowing you are not alone can lessen your burden and ease your mind.
A Lawyer Can Help You Fight For Justice
The sudden impact of pavement in a motorcycle, bicycle, or pedestrian crash can result in additional injuries than just road rash. A head injury, spinal cord injury, or another type of catastrophic injury adds to your pain and medical costs.
Road rash is painful and sometimes one of many injuries victims suffer due to driver negligence. At Gina Corena & Associates, we understand our clients’ frustration as they deal with mounting bills and lost wages.
The person responsible for your life-altering harm must face accountability for their poor choices. From speeding through an intersection to driving home drunk rather than seeking alternate transportation, demand justice. The damages you incurred are worthy of a strong fight for compensation.
Get Help From Gina Corena & Associates Today
Pursuing a civil claim and lawsuit on your own is time-consuming and confusing. You may miss important court deadlines or accept less than you deserve. Our team knows it is necessary to apply Nevada law to your case and file your case appropriately.
Contact us as soon as possible is in your best interests. Filing your lawsuit within the required statute of limitations is imperative for preserving your right to a legal case. Missing the deadline can result in the loss of any legal options.
You have enough to deal with following your traumatic accident. Save your time and energy for your medical care and allow us to represent you with your civil case. We will get to work negotiating for fair compensation. If we must go to trial, we have the tough, skilled trial attorneys necessary to present your case professionally and compellingly.
Road rash is painful and generally accompanies other severe injuries. If you experienced road rash due and other harm due to no fault of your own, contact us online or call us today for a free case evaluation: (702) 680-1111.