Burn injuries often result from motorcycle accidents and construction accidents. Other times, negligent homeowners are responsible for fires which cause severe burn injuries to the occupants, tenants or guests of their homes. Burn injuries related to accident cases can be caused by heat, fire, explosion, friction, chemical, and scalding liquids such as water or oil based products. Burn injury treatment is extremely important because burns can cause infection, scarring, and many other medical problems inside the body. If someone has recklessly caused your burn injury and your burn injury is serious and will result in significant long term problems, you deserve fair compensation for your pain, suffering and disfigurement.
Burns actually kill your flesh. There is no treatment to fix a burn injury.
Burns are commonly classified into three different levels depending on the severity of the burn injury. First degree burns are associated with redness of the burn site and minor pain. Second degree burns cause blistering of the skin and third degree burns cause damage to the skin including charring of the skin and scarring. A burn victim must be hospitalized and treated if he or she suffers burns over numerous parts of the body.
A burn injury patient should be given first aid before an ambulance arrives and takes the burn victim to the emergency room. The type of first aid that should be applied depends on the severity and source of the burn (chemical burn, scalding burn, fire burn, friction burn, etc.). At the hospital, a burn injury victim will be given intravenous fluids to maintain hydration and certain chemical balances in the body. Antibiotics will also be administered to reduce infection caused by the burned skin tissue. Pain medication will be administered to attempt to keep burn pain manageable.
Serious burns lead to permanent scarring or removal of the skin.
Serious burn injuries require skin grafting and other surgeries to remove the dead skin tissue. Dressings will then be constantly applied and reapplied to the wounds until the completion of the healing process. If you or a loved one is severely burned, the injured burn victim will probably be initially transported to the local emergency room or trauma center. The most serious burn injury victims are taken to regional burn centers such as Temple Hospital, Crozer Hospital, Cooper Hospital, and Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania (CHOP).
Burn injury victims deserve aggressive and competent Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys. Burn injuries are among the most painful types of personal injuries. The resulting scarring and disfigurement can cause a lifetime of mental and emotional pain. If you or a loved one is suffering from a burn injury sustained in Bucks County, Mercer County, or Philadelphia accident, contact the experienced personal injury burn lawyers at Saile & Saile LLP. We offer a free learning consultation so that you can learn more about recovering fair compensation for your burn injury from a negligent person or company.