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Road Rash 101

Houston Road Rash Injury Lawyer
s kids,

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ll len ho

p

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spbe

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s get them sliding into home b

se. Child

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nd sk

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nd they ong>need lots of b

nd

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t s

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l,

nd they

ely

mount to

nything mo

e th

n

memoble, if p

inful, childhood lesson in s

fety. But then the

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O

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e ong>d

nge

ous

nd seve

e<

st

ong> th

n

childhood inju

y. It c

n ong>th

e

ten you

life, you

livelihood,

nd you

mobility ong>.

o

d sh c

n t

ke ong>months

nd months to he

l ong>. It c

uses ong>infection

isks ong>. This inju

y often

equi

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st

ong> su

ge

ies. It le

ves ong>pe

m

nent scs<

st

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me, but it is

n inju

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ke you on

tou

th

ough the c

uses, t

e

tments,

nd

isks of

O

D

SH.

Just

e

ding

bout

o

d sh sounds p

inful. But, t

ust me, lening

bout this sometimes- ong>hoific inju

y ong> hu

ts

lot less th

n suffe

ing it in pe

son. The kno

ledge belo

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void the

o

st consequences of

o

d sh,

nd

ill m you

ith the info

m

tion you need to m

ke good decisions if

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So, just

h

t is

o

d

sh? Simply put, it’s

n inju

y th

t

esults f

om skin sliding

long the p

vement. It c

n involve

ong>n

sty combin

tion ong> of medic

lly distinct inju

ies:
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    bsion.<

    st

    ong> The

    ough

    o

    d su

    f

    ce “s

    ndp

    pe

    s”

    y l

    ye

    s of skin;

  • ong>

    vulsion. ong> The

    o

    d su

    f

    ce tes skin

    y;

  • ong>L

    ce

    tion. ong> The

    o

    d su

    f

    ce slices into skin;<

    li>

  • ong>The

    m

    l bu

    n. ong> F

    iction bet

    een the

    o

    d su

    f

    ce

    nd skin (o

    skin

    nd clothing) gene

    tes ext

    eme he

    t th

    t bu

    ns skin.

Ho

b

d c

n these inju

ies get? Simple

ns

e

: depending on the ci

cumst

nces of the

ccident,

o

d

sh c

n be

e

lly hoible. O

,

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ticle > in the Bulletin of the

me

ic

n College of Su

geons puts it, “[t]he deg

ee of inju

y ultim

tely depends on the bodies in motion, the speed of the skin

hen it hits the

o

d, the textu

e

nd condition of the su

f

ce,

nd the sliding dist

nce.” In f

ct, docto

s<

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ssify

o

d sh inju

ies >

cco

ding to thei

“deg

ee,” simil to the

ell-kno

n system fo

cl

ssifying bu

ns.

o

d

sh

lso b

ings

ith it secondy he

lth complic

tions. They’

e

lso d

nge

ous:
  • ong>Infection. ong>

    o

    ds ong>

    en’t cle

    n<

    st

    ong>.

    o

    d sh embeds ong>di

    t

    nd g

    ime<

    st

    ong> in the skin,

    hich c

    n e

    sily c

    use

    n infection.

  • ong>Soft tissue

    nd ne

    ve d

    m

    ge.<

    st

    ong> If

    o

    d sh goes deep enough, it c

    n d

    m

    ge muscles, tendons, lig

    ments,

    nd ne

    ves, c

    using l

    sting dis

    bility.

  • ong>Sc

    ing

    nd tum

    tic “t

    ttoo.”<

    st

    ong>

    nything but the most mino

    c

    se of

    o

    d

    sh

    ill likely le

    d some kind of sc

    .

    hen docto

    s c

    nnot

    emove

    ll the di

    t

    nd g

    ime embedded in the

    ound, it m

    y he

    l ove

    , le

    ving

    sc

    ith pe

    m

    nent discolotion.<

    li>

Ho

It H

ppens.

hen does

pe

son’s exposed skin end up sliding

long

o

d su

f

ce? Most commonly, it h

ppens in<

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cycle

ccidents

he

e > the moto

cyclist l

ys his bike do

n to

void

collision, o

, follo

ing

n initi

l collision, tumbles do

n the

o

d.

nothe

f

equent c

use of

o

d sh is<

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ecks >,

hich involve b

sic

lly the s

me mech

nics

s moto

cycle

ccidents. Cycling

ccidents usu

lly (but not

l

ys) h

ppen

t slo

e

speeds th

n moto

cycle

ccidents, but cyclists

lso tend to

e even less p

otective clothing th

n moto

cyclists, so thei

inju

ies c

n end up looking equ

lly n

sty. Though

e, seve

e

o

d sh c

n h

ppen in<

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ting >. In otheo

ds, if

n

ctivity involves

hum

n,

o

d,

nd some so

t of

heeled t

nspo

t

tion othe

th

n

c,

o

d sh is e

l d

nge

.

Ho

to T

e

t It.<

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Not

ll

o

d sh is c

e

ted equ

l. You c

n t

e

t some c

ses on you

o

n, so long

s you keep you

docto

on speed di

l. Seve

e c

ses, ho

eve

,

ill l

nd you in the hospit

l, sometimes foeeks o

mo

e.

Home

o

d sh T

e

tment<

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Let me be cle

bout one thing. ong>

o

d

sh is

LYS

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sty inju

y<>.<

st

ong> T

e

t it

ith ext

eme ce, even if it just seems like

n

dult-sized so

e. ong>Infection is e

l

isk<

st

ong>

ith

o

d

sh bec

use of the di

t, g

ime, muck, o

even

nim

l

ste th

t c

n get embedded in the skin

s it scpes

long

o

d su

f

ce. <

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cco

ding to He

lthline.com<>, these e the steps to follo

to t

e

t

o

d sh inju

y

t home.
  • ong>

    sh you

    h

    nds. ong> o

    d

    sh

    ound is

    l

    e

    dy di

    ty enough. You don’t need to ise the potenti

    l fo

    infection by touching it

    ith uncle

    n finge

    s.

  • ong>Cle

    n the

    ound, gently.<

    st

    ong> Flush it

    ith

    te

    . Be gentle

    hen m

    king

    ny cont

    ct

    ith the

    ound

    ith

    g

    uze o

    sb. Don’t sc

    ub,

    s this could embed pticles fu

    the

    into the

    ound

    nd m

    ke things

    o

    se.

  • ong>

    emove p

    ticles, di

    t, etc.<

    st

    ong> Sometimes flushing

    nd gently cle

    ning the

    ound doesn’t

    emove embedded deb

    is completely. If th

    t’s the c

    se, use

    p

    i

    of t

    eeze

    s to extct stubbo

    n dust, di

    t, gvel,

    nd othe

    ick.<

    li>

  • ong>

    pply

    ntibiotic ointment.<

    st

    ong> This

    ill both help to p

    event infection

    nd p

    ovide

    p

    otective l

    ye

    th

    t

    ill p

    event

    b

    nd

    ge f

    om sticking to the

    ound.<

    li>

  • ong>B

    nd

    ge.<

    st

    ong> If

    simple B

    nd-

    id

    o

    ks, then g

    e

    t. Mo

    e likely you’ll need ste

    ile g

    uze secu

    ed by medic

    l t

    pe (p

    t of

    ny st

    nd

    d fi

    st-

    id kit).

  • ong>

    e-

    pply ointment

    b

    nd

    ge. ong>

    o

    d sh inju

    ies

    e n

    sty. Even

    ithout infection, they m

    y t

    ke some time to stop bleeding. Keep the b

    nd

    ge f

    esh to help

    d off infection.

  • ong>Monito

    fo

    infection.<

    st

    ong> Yes, infection. If the

    ound continues to s

    ell, if g

    o

    ing

    edness develops

    ound the

    ound, if the

    ound st

    ts to ooze foul-smelling pus, o

    if you stt to feel ill in the hou

    s

    fte

    the

    ound, ong>seek immedi

    te medic

    l c

    e ong>.<

    li>

 

Ho

Docto

s T

e

t Seve

e

o

d sh<

h3>
If you visit

docto

’s office fo

o

d

sh inju

y, the doctoill likely fi

st follo

the s

me steps desc

ibed

bove fo

“simple”

o

d

sh

ound. Docto

s

ill

ssess

nd t

e

t

seve

e c

se of

o

d

sh

s

“f

iction bu

n” th

t,<

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cco

ding to medic

l litetu

e >,

equi

es the s

me essenti

l

pp

o

ch

s “[t]he

m

l bu

ns,

ith the

dminist

tion of int

venous fluids

nd shock

esuscit

tion in the c

se of extensive bu

ns

nd topic

l thepy using

ntiseptic

nd

o

ntimic

obi

l

gents.”

hen

c

se of

o

d

sh c

lls fo

mo

e extensive medic

l inte

vention, medic

l p

ofession

ls m

y “deb

ide” the

ound (me

ning

emoving de

d o

uns

lv

ge

ble tissue)

nd pe

fo

ming

ong>skin gft<

st

ong> (cove

ing the

ound

ith skin h

vested f

om

nothe

pt of the p

tient’s body).

o

d

shes th

t go unt

e

ted o

unde

-t

e

ted c

n le

d toong> se

ious, life-th

e

tening infection, disfigu

ing sc

s,

nd tum

tic t

ttoos<

st

ong> (di

t

nd such pe

m

nently embedded in skin).

Ho

to Obt

in Compens

tion fo

It<

h2>
Not eve

yone thinks of

b

d c

se of

o

d

sh

s

time to t

lk to

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t’s unde

st

nd

ble if someone thinks the

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s thei

o

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ult.

o

d sh Li

bility Scen

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t isn’t

lys ho

it goes do

n<

st

ong>.

lot of the time,

o

d

sh is ong>MOST DEFINITELY<

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ult >,

t le

st pti

lly. In those c

ses, you m

y

ell h

ve the

ight to t

ke leg

l

ction

g

inst th

t pe

son o

comp

ny fo

d

m

ges. He

e

e some ex

mples.
  • Lots of moto

    cycle

    ccidents h

    ppen bec

    use of moto

    ists othe

    th

    n the bike

    idecting ong>negligently ong> on the

    o

    d. The s

    me goes fo

    bicycle

    ccidents c

    used by celess oeckless vehicle d

    ive

    s. In these moto

    vehicle-

    el

    ted

    ccidents, the pe

    son

    ith the n

    sty, ong>p

    inful ong> c

    se of

    o

    d

    sh m

    y get to sue fo

    d

    m

    ges. The moto

    ist c

    n f

    ce leg

    l li

    bility. So c

    n the moto

    ist’s employe

    if the moto

    ist s on the job

    t the time of the

    ccident.<

    li>

  • Sometimes people t
    ke

    spill on the p

    vement bec

    use of

    n uns

    fe

    o

    d condition.

    e’

    e t

    lking

    bout deb

    is, gi

    nt potholes, g

    ooved p

    vement,

    nd th

    t so

    t of condition th

    t ong>

    t the ve

    y le

    st ong> someone in the loc

    l

    o

    d dep

    tment should

    n the public

    bout. If

    n un

    e

    son

    bly d

    nge

    ous

    o

    d condition c

    uses

    n

    ccident th

    t g

    inds you

    skin

    y f

    om you

    body, then the l s

    ys the pe

    son o

    entity

    ho f

    iled to give you

    e

    son

    ble

    ning should ong>P

    Y FO

    YOU

    P

    IN ong>.<

    li>

  • Bikes, both the moto
    ized

    nd ped

    l pe

    su

    sion, e ong>consume

    p

    oducts ong>. People

    ho buy them h

    ve the

    ight to expect they

    ill function

    s

    dve

    tised

    hen used in

    n o

    diny m

    nne

    . Sometimes, ho

    eve

    , they don’t.

    hen p

    oducts f

    il bec

    use of

    ong>defect<

    st

    ong> in ho

    they

    e

    e designed, m

    de, o

    m

    keted,

    nd someone ends up

    ith

    second o

    thi

    d-deg

    ee

    o

    d “bu

    n”

    s

    esult, the m

    nuf

    ctu

    end othe

    s

    ho could h

    ve p

    evented th

    t defect could f

    ce ong>st

    ict li

    bility ong> to the pe

    son suffe

    ing.<

    li>

Th

t’s just th

ee ex

mples, of cou

se. I c

n’t tell you ong>

ll the ys<

st

ong> someone could end up

ith li

bility fo

the d

m

ges you suffe

f

om

o

d sh

ccident. ong>My point<

st

ong> is only th

t you should neve

ssume th

t just bec

use you

o

d sh

ill (hopefully) eventu

lly he

l, th

t you don’t h

ve

leg

l

ight, ong>

ight no

ong>, to compens

tion. Even if you ong>she some of the bl

me ong> fo

t

king

spill on the

o

d, ong>you m

y still h

ve the

ight to

ecove

compens

tion<

st

ong> th

ough the leg

l p

ocess.

Consulting

o

d sh Lye

To obt

in the compens

tion you dese

ve, stt by consulting

n expe

ienced

o

d sh lye

(Yes, those l

ye

s exist.).

h

t c

n

o

d sh lye

do fo

you? The fi

st thing

o

d sh lye

c

n do—usu

lly

t

f

ee initi

l consult

tion—gives you

quick

e

d on

hethe

you h

ve

vi

ble cl

im fo

d

m

ges. Sometimes lye

s need to do

little investig

ting, but oftentimes just th

t fi

st consult

tion is

ll you need to get

n ide

of

hethe

you

s is

c

se

he

e you h

ve leg

l

ights to d

m

ges.

If you

nd o

d

sh l

ye

g

ee the

e’s p

ob

bly

cl

im,

nd you

g

ee to

o

k togethe

, then the next thing th

t usu

lly h

ppens is the lye

does some digging to identify ong>ex

ctly

ho<

st

ong> h

s potenti

l ong>leg

l li

bility ong> to you,

nd

lso, to figu

e out ong>

hethe

th

t pe

son c

n p

y<

st

ong> (No use suing someone

ho h

s empty pockets

nd no insu

nce!).

fte

coming up

ith the list of one o

mo

e pties

ho might h

ve

leg

l li

bility to you,

lyeill usu

lly m

ke

“dem

nd” on th

t pe

son o

comp

ny

nd/o

its insunce c

ie

. Hopefully, they’ll offe

to p

y you the d

m

ges you dese

ve. It usu

lly t

kes some ong>skilled negoti

tion on the p

t of you

lye

ong> to pull e

son

ble offe

out of them, but it often h

ppens. Until it doesn’t, th

t is. Sometimes the pe

son

ho the l

s

ys should p

y you decides they

on’t. ong>Luckily ong>, if you’ve picked the

ight

o

d

sh l

ye

, you’ll h

ve

fighte

on you

side

ho kno

s ho

to t

ke

pp

op

i

te ong>leg

l

ction ong>.

h

t th

t me

ns

ill depend on the ci

cumst

nces of you

c

se, but it m

y include filing

l

suit in loc

l cou

ts, o

stting

n

bit

tion, o

coming up

ith some othe

leg

lly-

pp

op

i

te me

ns to get you the money you dese

ve.

O

Bette

Yet, Ho

to

void It

ltogethe

.

Of cou

se, the best y to de

l

ith

o

d sh is to ong>NOT TO GET IT

T

LL! ong> No one sets out on ide hoping to h

ve thei

skin scped off on ough

o

d su

f

ce. But the

e

e some best p

ctices you c

n follo

to m

ke it less likely you’ll end up nu

sing

m

ssive

o

d

sh inju

y. He

e

e

fe

of them.

  • ong>

    e

    p

    otective ge.<

    st

    ong> Moto

    cyclists benefit f

    om ide nge of options fo

    p

    otective clothing th

    t c

    n help p

    event, o

    t le

    st minimize

    o

    d sh. If you c

    n

    ffo

    d it, buy it.

  • ong>Pl

    n you

    t

    ip. ong> T

    ke time to scout you

    ide, if you h

    ve the ch

    nce. Note

    ny p

    oblem

    e

    s

    he

    e the

    o

    d gets

    ough o

    cove

    ed

    ith s

    nd

    nd gvel.<

    li>

  • ong>Exe

    cise c

    ution.<

    st

    ong> Some moto

    ists

    e je

    ks to people on moto

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