What Causes Burn Injuries?
Written by Greg on May 25, 2019
Burns are among the most serious and painful injuries that one can endure. Burn injuries can be caused by many different things, and they often result in a long and difficult recovery. When burns are over a large portion of your body or when they are extremely severe, they can be life-threatening. Once your burns are healed, you may require additional treatments and surgeries to reconstruct the portion of the body that was disfigured. If you suffer a burn injury due to someone else’s negligence, the responsible party might owe you money for your damages. Contacting an attorney for burns is a good first step!
Causes of Burn Injuries
Burns injuries involve damage of layers of skin. Many types of accidents can cause burn injuries. Some of the most common burns are from heat, overexposure to the sun, chemicals, or contact with electricity. Heat-related burns are likely the most common. Burns can occur when your skin comes in contact with hot liquid or fire. Burns may happen due to vehicle accidents, building fires, work-related accidents, and more. Chemical burns happen when your skin comes in contact with dangerous materials. When a burn injury occurs, it is essential to seek immediate medical attention.
Types of Burns
There are three main classifications of burn injuries including first, second, and third degree burns.
- First-Degree Burns: These burns are minor and affect the outermost layers of skin. They can cause redness and minor pain.
- Second-Degree Burns: These burns cause blisters and extend into the second layer of skin, called the dermis. Pain is often severe and the area will be scarred.
- Third-Degree Burns: These burns are the most severe and reach into the fat beneath the skin. They can damage nerves and cause numbness.
The doctor will examine your burns and make a determination of degree. Then, the doctor will immediately begin a treatment program to reduce pain and promote healing.
Treatment of Burn Injuries
Severe burns require immediate treatment. Burns are extremely painful and therefore, you will require strong pain medication. The doctor may use topical treatments to reduce the risk of infection and promote healing. You will require constant monitoring to keep from becoming dehydrated. Medical professionals will change wound dressings on a regular basis. Some patients require IV antibiotics to fight infection, which can be common. Some hospitals are burn centers and are equipped to treat burns more efficiently.
Some patients require breathing assistance and feeding tubes. When burns impact the joints, you might need physical therapy to improve mobility. As the wounds heal, the skin will scar. You may need a skin graft to replace skin that is severely damaged or burned away completely. Once burns heal, you may require plastic surgery to reconstruct the areas that were damaged by burns.
If you or a loved one were burned in an accident that was not your fault, the negligent party may owe you money for your medical bills, future medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering, among other damages.
Contact our experienced legal team at Baumgartner Law Firm to discuss the details of your injury case today.