What Complications Might I Face from Road Rash after a Bicycle Accident?

Having skin scraped off is painful and can be nearly unbearable if it is deep enough to reveal nerve endings. In some cases, a road rash injury can cause nerve damage, leading to a total lack of feeling in the affected area. (If this happened to you, head to the emergency room immediately.)

There will likely be bleeding, and the healing skin will likely be stiff and tender. Glass, gravel, metal, and dirt can become embedded in the wounds. Because of the potential for embedded debris, an infection may develop. In some cases, you might suffer from a potentially deadly infection called methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus, or MRSA.

These are a few signs of infection:

  • Your pain gets worse after the first day.
  • There is swelling, and the skin turns redder and redder.
  • The road rash feels hot to the touch.
  • There is pus or fluid draining from the wound.

See a doctor right away if you have any of these symptoms.

How Will Road Rash Affect You?

If you suffered minor road rash, it might not affect you at all. It might be a simple inconvenience, with a little bit of pain or tenderness. Second-degree road rash can leave you in a lot of pain and, in some cases, unable to work.

A third-degree road rash injury can leave you with extensive medical bills and a total inability to work. You may also need skin grafts or reconstructive surgery, which can take weeks or months. If you develop an infection, it can take a long time to heal.

In addition to the financial cost, you will be in pain. This can be minor, or if your injuries are severe, can be long-term and extremely painful. This takes a real toll on you emotionally, especially if you are losing income because you cannot work.

You May Be Entitled to Injury Compensation

Suffering injury in an accident you did not cause should not cost you money. You can file a claim to recover compensation for the medical costs, lost income, pain, suffering, worry, and any other damages you suffered. Jason Schultz can help.

He can handle your entire case from start to finish, communicating and negotiating with insurers, gathering evidence, and building your case from the ground up.

Discuss your case with the Law Office of Jason R. Schultz, P.C. for free today: 404-474-0804.
Jason R. Schultz
Helping Georgia area residents with car accident, medical malpractice, and personal injury claims since 1991.
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