Compensation for Road Rash in a Motorcycle Accident
Some of the most underestimated injuries in a motorcycle accident are lacerations, abrasions, cuts and wounds, on the unexposed parts of your body, and known as road rash. It's important to include the immediate as well as long-term damages caused by road rash in your motorcycle accident claim.
Consequences of Road RashRoad rash refers to the kind of cuts, wounds, open lacerations and abrasions that a person may suffer in a motorcycle accident. In a typical motorcycle accident, the rider may be dragged along the asphalt for several yards, and as this happens, the friction between the skin and the rough road causes the skin to crack. The result is severe wounds that can quickly become infected when debris and dirt from the road enter the cut. Even as the wounds heal, they leave behind disfiguring raised bumps, scars or change in skin pigment. Often, these injuries occur on the exposed parts of the body, like the face, neck and arms.
Economic Damages: Medical ExpensesWhen you have suffered road rash in a motorcycle accident, there are economic damages that include the hefty medical expenses that you will incur. Apart from the immediate treatment of the cuts and wounds, you may require cosmetic surgery. You might need more than one surgery to restore the earlier appearance of the skin or injured part, depending on the severity of the injury.
Economic Damages: Lost IncomeYour claim must also include the lost income for all the lost days from work as you recover from injuries. If the disfigurement is severe, you may be unable to return to the job that you were performing because of your altered appearance. For example, if your job requires you to work with the public, such as hospitality services, then your scarring or disfigurement may reduce your ability to earn at the same level that you did prior to the motorcycle crash. That means reduced income earning potential in the future, and you must account for these economic damages in your claim.
Non-Economic DamagesYour road rash injury claim must also include the trauma and emotional pain of the disfigurement. Scarring and disfigurement can cause you humiliation, shame and anguish, and you may lose your confidence and self-esteem. You may lose the ability to enjoy a robust social life, and your personal life may suffer. Your claim must include compensation for these non-economic losses, which are difficult to quantify. Speak to a motorcycle accident lawyer about how you can calculate the non-economic losses you have sustained.