Burn Injuries are one of the most severe and painful types of injury. Burn Injury victims often suffer from permanent damage and require extensive and expensive medical treatment to gain a portion of their normalcy and function back. Due to the extensive nature of a burn injury and its difficulty to treat it, it is important that burn victims hire a Burn Injury Attorney to ensure they receive the proper treatment and compensation they deserve in order to regain as much function and normalcy as possible.
TYPES OF BURN INJURY
Chemical Burn: Also called caustic burns. Chemical burns are caused by contact with a corrosive substance.
Electrical Burn: Caused when the electrical current comes in contact with and travels through the body.
Flash Burn: Also called an explosion burn. Flash burns are caused by a sudden explosion or flash of some flammable substance such as natural gas or propane.
Thermal Burn: A thermal burn is caused by an external heat source.
Radiation Burn: A radiation burn is caused by exposure to radiation energy – the most common type of radiation burn is a sunburn caused by UV radiation.
Friction Burns: Friction burns are caused by the friction between skin and a hard object when it scrapes or rubs off the skin. Common examples would be carpet burn or road rash.
DEGREES OF BURN INJURY
First-Degree: Affect the outer layer of your skin. A mild sunburn’s one example. Your skin may be red and painful, but you won’t have any blisters. Long-term damage is rare.
Second-Degree: If you have this type of burn, the outer layer of your skin as well the dermis – the layer underneath – has been damaged. Your skin will be bright red, swollen, and may look shiny and wet. You’ll see blisters, and the burn will hurt to the touch.
Third-Degree: Sometimes called a “full-thickness burn,” this type of injury destroys two full layers of your skin. Instead of turning red, it may appear black, brown, white, or yellow. It won’t hurt because this type of burn damages nerve endings.
Fourth-Degree: This is the deepest and most severe of burns. They’re potentially life-threatening. These burns destroy all layers of your skin, as well as your bones, muscles, and tendons.
MEDICAL TREATMENT FOR BURN INJURIES
After suffering from a burn injury, you should seek immediate first aid, then seek expert medical care from a physician or emergency care provider. The medical treatment you receive may include:
Water-Based Treatments: Techniques such as ultrasound mist therapy may be used to clean and stimulate the wound tissue.
Fluids To Prevent Dehydration: (IV) fluids may be used to prevent dehydration and organ failure.
Pain And Anxiety Medications: You may require pain and anti-anxiety medications — particularly for dressing changes.
Burn Creams And Ointments: A number of topical products are available for wound healing, such as bacitracin and silver sulfadiazine (Silvadene).
Dressings: A number of various specialty wound dressings are available to prepare the wound to heal as well.
Drugs That Fight Infection: If you develop an infection, you may need IV antibiotics.
Tetanus Shot: Your doctor might recommend a tetanus shot after a burn injury.
Breathing Assistance: Depending on the severity and location of the burn injury, a vent or breathing tube may be necessary to aid in breathing.
Feeding Tube: Depending on the severity and location of the burn injury, a vent or breathing tube may be necessary to aid in intaking nutrition.
Skin Grafts: A skin graft is a surgical procedure where portions of your own healthy skin are used to replace the damaged tissue injured by the burn.
Plastic Surgery: Plastic surgery may be recommended after or during your recovery process to improve the appearance of scarring caused by the burn.
WHAT TEAGUE LAW WILL DO AS MY BURN ATTORNEY
Prove the liability of the individual or company responsible for causing the Burn injury.
Determine if the at-fault party has insurance that will cover your Burn Injury treatment and damages.
Ensure you receive treatment for your Burn Injury.
Determine the full extent of your Burn Injury.
Prepare evidence and reports to use in your Burn Injury case.
Discuss your damages from the Burn Injury – medical expenses, travel expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and future expenses if necessary.
Serve the proper insurance company with demand and negotiate a settlement for your Burn Injury damages.
File a lawsuit within the statute of limitation to ensure you do not lose your claim due to time limits, conduct discovery, and represent you at trial for your Burn Injury if necessary.
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