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Burn- or fire-related injuries are one of the leading causes of injury and unintentional death in the United States. Recovering from one of these injuries comes with physical and emotional costs, and the path to recovery can become even more challenging when the injuries are a result of another person’s negligence.
If you or a loved one has sustained a burn injury due to someone else’s negligence, you have the right to compensation. At KBG Injury Law, we believe the party responsible for your injury should be held accountable, and we can help you recover the compensation you are entitled to.
Common Types of Burns and Fire Injuries
While a mild burn may heal quickly and with no complications, a deeper burn can affect the muscles and tissues beneath the skin, take a lengthy amount of time to heal, be extremely painful and even require surgery. Common types of burn injuries include:
Thermal burns: This type of burn occurs as a result of coming into contact with a heated object, such as steam, hot liquids, metals and flames.
Chemical burns: This type of burn occurs when a destructive chemical or the fumes of a destructive chemical are exposed to living tissue.
Inhalation burns: This type of burn occurs as a result of breathing in chemical fumes or hot steam.
Flash burns: This type of burn is a result of exposure to sudden heat, like a nuclear explosion.
Electrical burns: This type of burn happens when electricity inadvertently comes into contact with skin.
Scalds: This type of burn occurs as a result of coming into contact with steam or superheated water.
Burns and fire-related injuries can be caused by a variety of accidents, such as:
Burn injuries can come in varying levels of severity. The different severity levels depend on how much you or your loved one were exposed to the source of the damage. To receive proper treatment, it is essential that your burn injury level is identified as one of the following:
First-degree burns: First-degree burns require the lowest level of treatment and cause the smallest amount of damage to a person’s skin. Also referred to as a superficial burn, this degree of burn typically causes minor pain, swelling and redness. Running cool water on the burn area may help reduce pain.
Second-degree burns: Second-degree burns are more severe than first-degree burns, as they damage the outer layer of a person’s skin. Signs of a second-degree burn may include deeply red skin sores and blisters. These burns often require a longer amount of time to recover from, and victims of second-degree burns are advised to seek medical attention.
Third-degree burns: Third-degree burns are extended into deeper tissue and may damage the epidermis and the dermis.
Fourth-degree burns: Fourth-degree burns affect deep tissue and completely destroy the skin. Fourth-degree burns may also cause damage to a person’s fascia, bone and muscle in extreme cases.
A third- or fourth-degree burn is more severe than a first- or second-degree burn. Signs of third-degree and fourth-degree burns may include charring, brown discoloration, white coloration, lack of blisters and a waxy, smooth appearance.
Severe burns and related damages often lead to more serious claims with greater amounts of compensation.
What to Do After You Sustain a Burn Injury
Burn- and fire-related injuries often have far-reaching consequences, such as pain, scarring, disfigurement, post-traumatic consequences, expensive medical bills and rehabilitative care. This is why it is essential for victims to know what steps to follow after sustaining a burn injury to maximize the value of their personal injury case.
1. Seek Medical Attention
You first need to diagnose the degree of burn you have sustained so you can determine if you need to seek medical attention. You may not need to seek medical attention if you sustain a first-degree burn, though you may still want to visit your doctor — especially if the affected area leaks pus or becomes inflamed.
If you sustain a second-degree burn, you should see your doctor, as you may need pain medication and antibiotics. If you sustain a third-degree or fourth-degree burn, all the layers of your skin will be affected and you will need medical care.
It may be wise to call 911 and receive medical care at a hospital in the following situations:
You or a loved one sustained a third-degree burn or worse.
The victim is an infant or a senior citizen.
Your skin or your loved one’s skin appears leathery or charred.
You or your loved one have burned your feet, hands, genitals or face.
You or your loved one have a burn blister that is larger than 2 inches and oozes.
Victims with serious burns will receive fluids and oxygen, along with other treatments like skin grafts. Additionally, a medical professional will monitor and prevent infection, which can be a major complication of burn- and fire-related injuries.
2. Follow Treatment Plans
Follow your physician’s treatment plans exactly as instructed. Burns may require professional monitoring over a few days or weeks. Until the burns heal, you face a risk of infection. If you stray from your treatment plan, your burns may worsen, your recovery time could be extended and you may harm your chances to recover financially.
3. Contact a Burn Injury Attorney
Burn or fire-related injuries can cause as much mental suffering as physical suffering. Burns that cause physical pain, amputation, scarring, disfigurement, disability, emotional suffering, medical bills or missed time at work require the attention of an experienced burn injury lawyer.
Medical bills can quickly add up, and even if your injury is not explicitly the result of someone else’s action, you may have ways to recover compensation from a negligent employer, manufacturer or maintenance personnel. Burn attorneys can help you fight for the compensation you need to recover.
Get Legal Assistance From the Bodily Injury Lawyers at KBG Injury Law
At KBG Injury Law, you will be not be treated as simply another client, but as a person in need of help. We give every client the attention they deserve and treat each of our clients as unique individuals. We understand how a burn- or fire-related injury can affect you emotionally and financially, and we want to help you recover the compensation you deserve.
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