Burn injuries can be some of the most traumatic and disastrous injuries one can suffer following an auto accident, construction accident, or any other tragic occurrence. The Longboat Key burn injury lawyers at Winters & Yonker, P.A. use their years of experience in personal injury cases to assist burn injury victims to get their much-deserved compensation. With the proper medical care, victims can recover and possibly restore their quality of life to what it was before another party’s negligent act ruined it. It’s important to work with a burn injury attorney to recover damages for medical expenses and your pain and suffering.
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Types of Burns
Burns are classified into degrees based on how deep and severe the damage is:
Besides the instant and lasting pain, first degree burns are not that serious and can be dealt with from home by running cold water over the burnt area. You can also apply a burn ointment and a topical pain relief balm or even take a painkiller. For first-degree burns, only the top skin layer is damaged and results in inflammation of the skin. This kind of burn may take a week or so to heal. However, if the burn has touched more than three inches of skin around or has occurred around a major joint, seeking medical attention would be advisable as it would ensure that the burn is treated as it should and that it heals well.
These are burns that extend beyond the skin’s top layer (epidermis) and damage the dermis layer underneath. These burns are characterized by redness of the skin coupled with blistering or painful sores. Burn victims with sores and blisters are usually at risk of suffering serious bacterial infections. As such, it is important to clean and bandage the wounded area well.
Victims of second-degree burns may attend to such wounds at home by themselves or may seek medical attention – it goes down to the extent of the burn, and whether it touches sensitive body parts like the face, hands, groin, or feet. If not attended to promptly and appropriately, these burns can easily lead to scarring. Where scarring occurs, corrective surgery may be necessary.
These are burns that touch the epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous fat layers of the skin. Apart from the skin, these burns may also damage muscles, tissues, nerves, and other internal organs. The affected area of the skin may appear white or dark brown and may also seem charred and leathery. Third-degree burns require medical attention from a specialist or doctor. Medical treatment helps prevent infection, scarring, and permanent body damage. Damaged tissues may also need to be removed depending on the extent of the burn. Surgical procedures and skin grafting may also be necessary to restore skin in the damaged area.
Causes of Burn Injuries
Accidents that commonly result in burn injuries include:
Fuel-fed fires and explosions are common with car, motorcycle, or truck accidents, often causing severe burn injuries to the victims of the crash. Victims may be trapped in a flaming car or come into contact with the super hot liquids or metallic engine parts, causing thermal burns.
Defective electrical appliances may easily cause sparking, overheating, or may catch fire and cause electrical burns or a house fire. Victims can also sustain contact burns.
Construction and Industrial Accidents
Individuals working on construction sites or industries are often at risk of suffering electrical burns, chemical burns, contact burns, and thermal burns that could arise from fires or explosions. These could also arise from touching hot metallic surfaces of the machines in the case of a factory.
What are the Major Risks of Burn Injuries?
Some of the most serious complications of burn injuries include:
Whenever the skin gets burnt or broken, the victim runs the risk of bacterial infection. Where severe burns occur and damage virtually all layers of the skin and take a long time to heal, there is a high probability of infection. Besides getting the wounded area infected, the bacteria might find its way into the bloodstream and result in sepsis or septic shock. This is a serious condition that may lead to the failure of body systems and function, which can be fatal.
In the process of healing and recovering from burn injuries, scarring is always a risk. This, and disfigurement, can limit the victim’s mobility and the motor function of the affected area. Scarring also results in emotional and psychological trauma that may stick with the victim even after the burn has healed. With specialized treatment, scarring can be minimized but may later necessitate surgery and other forms of treatment to eliminate or reduce the scarring that may affect one’s normal life.
Contact Our Longboat Key Burn Injury Lawyers for Assistance after a Burn Accident
If you or your loved one have suffered a severe burn injury following an auto accident, construction or industrial accident, or any other incident due to the negligent actions of another party, it is important that you contact Winters & Yonker, P.A. at (888) 373-7770 for legal assistance. We have various office locations in Florida and therefore serve clients in Longboat Key and throughout the state. Our personal injury trial attorneys will offer you a free initial consultation. What’s more, you don’t have to worry about paying a dime unless we win the case.