Road rash is a serious Wisconsin motorcycle accident injury. Because the outer skin is scraped away, leaving the internal layers exposed, road rash injuries are extremely vulnerable to infection. An increasingly common infection is the skin-eating disease MRSA.
Staph bacteria are naturally found on our skin, but when they get into the body, they can make us sick. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA, pronounced “MUR-sah”) is a form of staph bacteria that doesn’t respond to the antibiotics that are most often used to treat staph infections. MRSA infections often occur in people who have been in the hospital or another health care setting. Sometimes MRSA infections are mild, and there is no long-term risk. However, when a person’s immune system is compromised by illness or injury, a MRSA infection can lead to serious illness or even death.
Milwaukee accident lawyer Michael Hupy advises all Wisconsin motorcycle injury victims with road rash to know the signs of a serious MRSA infection. These include:
- Flu-like symptoms
- Chest pain
- Difficulty breathing
- Sore muscles
Untreated MRSA can lead to bloodstream infections, or pneumonia. If you have any of these symptoms after being treated for road rash, contact your doctor immediately.
If you develop MRSA after a Wisconsin motorcycle accident, you may eligible for compensation for your medical bills and pain and suffering. To learn more, request a free copy of our book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims or contact Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678 and ask to speak to a Milwaukee accident lawyer. The initial consultation is free.