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Treating road rash from a motorcycle accident

On Behalf of | Dec 17, 2015 | Motorcycle Accidents |

A motorcycle accident can be frightening for an individual in Washington. Motorcycles, while fun, provide very little protection to the riders. Even in minor motorcycle accidents, a motorcyclist can be severely injured. These injuries can range from road rash to broken bones and brain injuries. In the most serious of cases, a motorcycle accident can result in the death of a motorcyclist and any passengers.

One of the most common types of injuries from motorcycle accidents is road rash. Road rash is superficial injuries to the skin also known as abrasions. These types of injuries often heal within two weeks of the accident but can sometimes be much more severe. Deep wounds can take time to heal and need to be carefully treated by a health care provider.

There are some ways for people suffering from road rash to help heal their wounds. Medical professionals say people should make sure to wash their hands before touching the wound. They should make sure to change wound dressings and use proper antibacterial soaps and creams.

Medical professionals also suggest that people look for signs of infection that can hinder healing. Signs of infection include redness and swelling in the wound and foul-smelling drainage. People with an infection may also experience flu like symptoms including nausea, fever, muscle aches and chills.

Treating the medical conditions caused by a motorcycle accident can be time-consuming and cumbersome. People who have been injured in a motorcycle accident, should make sure to understand their legal rights. If the accident was caused by a negligent driver, the motorcycle accident victim may be able to pursue compensation for his or her injuries. An attorney can help people determine if they can make a legal claim in these situations.