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    Treating Burn Injuries from Auto Accidents

    Last updated 27 days ago

    Auto accidents can cause many types of injuries, including burns. The best treatment for burns received during an accident will depend upon the severity and size of the injury. Generally, treatment for a burn injury will focus on providing pain relief, restoring or maintaining mobility and other function, and treating any cosmetic damage caused by the burn.

    Phase I

    Burn injuries are well known for causing severe fluid loss in the body. Replacing these fluids first is necessary to prevent dehydration or other medical complications that affect overall health. After an auto accident, the first step in burn care involves fluid resuscitation via oral and intravenous fluids. Fluid resuscitation typically takes one to three days.

    Phase II

    The second phase of burn treatment includes removal of severely damaged tissues and closure of any open wounds. This step is necessary because burns and other open wounds can leave you susceptible to infection. Wound excision and closure may require surgery if your burns or other injuries are severe.

    Phase III

    If temporary bandaging or closure methods were used to address your burn in phase II, phase III of treatment utilizes more permanent wound closure methods. Areas of skin or features that were permanently damaged by burns or scar tissue are treated to restore your pre-accident appearance and functionality to the utmost of your physician’s ability.

    Phase IV

    The final phase of burn treatment involves any additional rehabilitation and reconstruction needed to return you to pre-accident functionality and appearance. This includes the treatment of post-injury psychological distress. Phase IV of burn injury treatment may begin before you have finished your acute hospital stay and continue on an outpatient basis after you have been discharged.

    Regardless of the type of injury you have suffered in an automobile accident, you deserve the chance to seek legal reparations. At the Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers, our experienced team of attorneys will ensure you receive the information, counsel, and representation you deserve. Click through our website to learn more about our auto injury practice areas or call (703) 659-1536 to schedule a consultation

    Tips for Preventing Summer Auto Accidents

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Summertime often sees more drivers on the roads than any other time of year. With an increased number of drivers, however, comes an increased risk of auto accidents and injuries. You can take several easy steps to protect yourself and others this year by reducing your risk of an auto accident in VA.

    Don’t Drive Distracted

    Distracted driving is connected to more than 420,000 automobile accident-related injuries annually. The distraction.gov website defines distracted driving as “any activity that could divert a person’s away from the primary task of driving.” Such activities include using a cell phone to text or talk, eating and drinking in the car, using a navigation or audio system, and performing personal grooming tasks. If you must perform any of these tasks, pull over before taking your attention away from the road.

    Maintain Your Car

    Increased pollen counts and insect or bird activity can cause obscurations that affect the view through your windows in summer. Keep your car windows clean by washing them every time you stop for gas. Have your car serviced regularly by a professional mechanic to check for damage or wear that could affect your brakes or other essential systems.

    Plan Routes Ahead of Time

    Summertime vacations often lead drivers to areas that are unfamiliar. Many accidents are caused by adjusting navigation systems, trying to read maps or street signs, and driving too fast or too slow while lost. Plan out your routes ahead of time and have passengers keep an eye on directions or surroundings so you can keep all your attention on driving.  

    Smart driving strategies will keep you and your family safer every time you get behind the wheel this summer. You can find more tips for preventing accidents at any time of year when you click through the articles on our blog. If you are injured in an automobile or motorcycle accident, you deserve experienced and dedicated legal counsel. Please call the Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers at (703) 659-1536 to discuss your needs with Manassas auto attorney Kevin Paul Childers today.

    Seat Belt Laws in Virginia

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Seat belts are the single most effective tool to reduce the likelihood of injury or death in an auto accident. Studies have shown that the use of seat belts can reduce your risk of a serious crash-related injury by up to 50% and your risk of death by up to 40%. Because they are so vital to protecting your health and wellbeing during an accident, Virginia law requires that seat belts be worn by all drivers. Front seat passengers aged 18 or older are also required to wear seat belts. Furthermore, all passengers younger than 18 years of age must be safely belted in, regardless of whether a safety seat or booster seat is in use. 

    Do you have questions about an injury sustained during an automobile accident in Virginia? The Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers specializes in automobile accident injury cases in Woodbridge, Dale City, Manassas, Fairfax, and beyond. We invite you to visit our website to learn more or call us today at (703) 659-1536 to arrange a home visit, hospital visit, or consultation at a time that is convenient for you.

    Causes of Lower Back Pain

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Lower back pain is one of the most common reasons for individuals to visit a physician. Every year, Americans spend more than $50 billion in the diagnosis and treatment of low back pain, which is also a leading cause of missed work. Low back pain is an extremely common complaint following the abrupt jolt received during an automobile accident. Pain may be related to injury of the tendons, muscles, nerves, joints, or discs of the spine and back. You can find out more about lower back pain and its causes by watching this video. 

    Have you been injured in an auto accident in Prince William County, VA? The Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers can help by providing the legal counsel and representation you need to help you settle your case. Click through our website or call us at (703) 659-1536 for more information.

    Recovering from a Herniated Disc

    Last updated 1 month ago

    A herniated disc occurs when one of the cushioning discs inside the spine ruptures, allowing its jelly-like interior to protrude into the spinal column. When the disc material presses against a spinal nerve, it causes back pain that may interfere with your daily activities. In most cases, a herniated disc will heal on its own; however, you may need treatment while your body recovers to eliminate pain and maintain mobility. If you have suffered a herniated disc during an auto accident, don’t wait—contact an auto accident attorney for help seeking legal reparations for your injury.

    Medication

    Medications to relieve pain allow you to remain comfortable while your back injury continues to heal. Pain-relieving medication may be taken orally or via injection. The most commonly-used medications to treat a herniated disc include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, corticosteroids, muscle relaxants, opiates, and antidepressant medications.

    Physical Therapy

    Physical therapy is a non-surgical treatment for spinal injuries that focuses on reducing pain and restoring mobility. Treatment may include applying heat or ice to your back to relieve pain and stiffness and exercises to build flexibility, strength, and range of motion. Other physical therapy treatments for back injuries include massage and ultrasound.

    Surgery

    In cases of severe disc injuries and chronic pain, surgery may be recommended. This treatment is only recommended for approximately 10% of herniated disc injuries. During surgery to relieve a herniated disc, the offending disc material is removed from the spinal column to relieve the pressure on your nerves and eliminate pain. In most cases, this surgical removal of the portion of the disc causing nerve pain is successful and will completely restore your quality of life.

    Don’t let back pain after an auto accident affect your life—contact the Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers for assistance with your case. We have been voted the number one lawyer in Prince William County every year since 2007. You can find out more about how we will work for you after an auto accident injury by calling (703) 659-1536 or clicking on our web contact form. 

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