What To Do When Suffering a Burn Injury
Burns can cause deep tissue damage that permanently scars victims physically and emotionally. A burn injury can result from explosions, release of toxic chemicals, defective electrical products, scalding from hot water or liquids, fire, car accidents, as well as many other sources.
Minimize Exposure to Burn Injury
First and foremost, after a burn injury, you must get away from the source of your injuries. If you are exposed to an airborne chemical, leave the area and get fresh air. If you are burned by fire, get as far away from it as possible. It’s imperative that you move to a safe area.
Quickly Assess the Severity of the Burn Injury
Being able to quickly assess the severity of your burns can be difficult if you are not a skilled medical professional. Unless the burns you suffer are minor, you should have your burn injuries looked at by a doctor. Far too often people underestimate their injuries, fail to seek medical attention and make the injuries worse.
First, Second, or Third, Degree Burn Injuries
- First-degree burns are normally considered to be minor, do not involve disruption of the skin and result in no blistering. The burns generally heal within a few days and can usually be treated successfully at home.
- Second-degree burns are more serious and affect not only the epidermis (top layers of skin) but the dermis (the second layer of skin) as well. Second-degree burn damage is easier to recognize because of the blisters and fluid oozing from them. Victims with second-degree burns should be seen by a doctor.
- Third-degree burns are the most serious type of burns. Third-degree burns damage the epidermis, the dermis, the fat, possibly even the muscle, and bones. Individuals with third-degree burn injuries must be seen and treated by a burn specialist. The larger the third-degree burn and the deeper the burns go, the more life-threatening it will be.
Burn injuries can adversely affect the lives of victims, leaving them medically and psychologically traumatized. Burn injury cases often involve painful and disruptive medical treatments such as skin grafts, amputations, physical therapy, extended periods of recovery, and even death.
If you are burned in a car accident, from a defective product, from medical or personal malpractice, or due to some other form of negligence, you may have a right to a personal injury claim and wish to contact a burn injury attorney for guidance. At M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers we know how complicated burn injury lawsuits can be. We are here to help you seek justice and compensation for your injuries, so you can rebuild your life.