THE 3 LEVELS OF ROAD RASH
Apr 8, 2016 - Motorcycle Accidents
Not all types of road rash are the same, and the level that you experience during a motorcycle accident has a lot to do with how painful it will be, how long it will take to heal, and how much it’s going to cost for the treatment. Generally speaking, the different levels are referred to as degrees—the same way that burn injuries are rated.
If you just have first-degree road rash, it’s a relatively minor issue. Your skin will be slightly red and could be a bit painful to the touch. This can often be treated at home and will heal completely.
With second-degree road rash, the first layer of your skin is actually going to be torn or broken. This can be much more painful and will take longer to heal, as the skin needs to regenerate. There are typically not significant scars, but there can be some scarring.
Finally, if you get third-degree road rash, the skin will have been torn right off and the tissue below will be exposed. This is the most painful and requires the most treatment—and the longest healing time. Scarring is likely. In many cases, those who are injured actually need to have skin grafts so that they can heal properly. This is a extensive procedure that can take a long time and be very costly.
If you’ve been injured in an accident that another driver caused, knowing the degree of the injury is very important because you may have a right to seek compensation for your medical costs, pain and suffering, money that you lose while you’re out of work, and more.
Source: Livestrong, “5 Things You Need to Know About Road Rash,” accessed April 08, 2016