Accidents, such as vehicle or construction accidents, can lead to many serious injuries. Injuries involving burns are one of the most severe types of injuries a person can sustain. At Winters & Yonkers, you can connect with Land O’ Lakes burn injury lawyers that have plenty of relevant experience. Our personal injury attorneys draw upon their experience to assist victims of burn injuries and ensure that they receive the compensation they are entitled to. This will allow them to heal, get the medical treatment that they need, and maintain their quality of life after an injury caused by another party’s misconduct or negligent behavior. Call or contact us online today to set up a free review of your burn injury case.
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Different Types of Burns
Minor burns can be treated with first aid supplies and over-the-counter medications, but serious burns need immediate medical treatment. The level of your burn will have an impact on your recovery and if you will have any lasting damage. It is important to understand burn levels. That way, you have an idea of how much compensation you may be entitled to in Land O’ Lakes, Florida. Burn injuries are measured in degrees using the following scale:
While these burns can be painful, in most cases, they aren’t serious. When someone suffers a first-degree burn, only the top layer of the skin sustains damage. The skin may be inflamed or visibly read. Victims can treat burns at home by applying cool water to the burn and covering the injured area with a burn ointment. Oral analgesics can provide additional pain relief. These burns should heal within a week and a half. With that said, medical treatment may be necessary if the burn is on a major joint or if it spans more than three inches. Professionals can confirm that the burn gets the treatment it needs so that it can heal.
These burns go past the skin’s top layer, causing damage to the dermal layer that lies beneath. The skin around the burn is likely to be red, and blisters and sores are common as well. When a burn victim is dealing with blistering and sores, they are more likely to experience a bacterial infection, which is why it’s essential that the wound is bandaged, clean, and properly cared for.
In some cases, it may be necessary for victims to care for burns in the comforts of their own home. In other situations, medical treatment may be necessary. This will vary based on the size of the burn and its location on the body. If second-degree burns do not receive the proper care, victims can be left with scars. Corrective surgery may be necessary in order to get rid of the scars.
If a burn impacts three layers of the skin – the dermis, epidermis, and the layer of subcutaneous fat – it qualifies as a third-degree burn. Because these burns go through multiple layers of skin, they can also cause damage to internal organs, muscles, and nerves. These burns could leave skin looking charred and leathery, but could also cause the skin to be waxy and pale. If someone has suffered a third-degree burn, seeking medical attention is a necessity. Scarring and infection aren’t the only risks; these burns can damage the body permanently. In some cases, it may be necessary to remove damaged tissue. If the burn is large enough, skin grafts or other types of surgical intervention may be necessary.
What Causes Burns?
Burns can be caused by heat, electricity, chemicals, or types of radiation like UV rays from the sun. People tend to think of a house fire or a cooking mishap when they think of burns. However, there are a lot of different ways in which you can suffer a burn injury. Some scenarios we see in burn injury cases include:
These accidents may involve fires caused by fuel or even explosions. Because of this, any type of vehicle accident can lead to burn injuries. In some instances, these injuries can be fatal. A victim could be trapped inside of a vehicle on fire, or they could come into contact with extremely hot engine liquids or components, which can lead to thermal or contact burns.
If there are issues with the design of an electronic product, it is possible that it could overheat, catch on fire, or produce sparks when it is in use. These incidents can also lead to house fires.
Industrial and Construction Accidents
People that work in construction or with heavy equipment are at risk for many types of burns, including chemical, contact, thermal, and electrical burns. Employers have a responsibility to provide employees with proper training and warn them of hazards.
Whatever the type of accident, you can seek compensation if your burn was caused by another party’s negligence, recklessness, or intentional misconduct.
The Most Serious Risks Associated With Burn Injuries
Two of the biggest concerns with burn injuries are infection and scarring.
If an injury breaks the skin, bacterial infection is a risk. The more severe a burn is, the higher the risk for infection is. It isn’t just possible that the site of the wound will be infected. Bacteria can also enter the bloodstream, which can lead to septic shock or sepsis. This means that critical organs and even body functions can shut down.
As burns heal, there is a risk of scarring. Scarring can lead to disfigurement, but it can also limit mobility in the impacted area. Scars can also be a source of trauma after a burn has healed. While receiving the appropriate treatment for the burn can reduce scarring, it still may be necessary for a patient to receive surgery and other treatments later on.
Reach Out to Our Land O’ Lakes Burn Injury Lawyers
Victims of burn injuries should reach out to Winters & Yonker at (888) 373-7770 for help. Whether the burn was caused in a car accident, on a construction site, or another type of accident, we can help you get the compensation you deserve for an injury caused by someone’s negligent behavior or misconduct. We have office locations across Florida, allowing us to work with clients in Land O’ Lakes and other parts of the state. We provide free consultations, and you won’t be charged unless we successfully recover funds for you.