A burn injury damages layers of the skin. In more severe cases, it can damage tissue and even bone. According to the CDC, each year approximately 1.1 million burn injuries require medical attention. Approximately 50,000 of require hospitalization. Up to 10,000 people in the United States die every year of burn-related infections.
Causes of Burns
Common causes include:
- Scalding liquids and grease
- Electrical shock
Types of Burns
- 1st degree—this is the mildest form of a burn. Usually called superficial burns.
- 2nd degree—partial thickness burns which can affect the first layer of skin down to the dermis, the lower layer of skin.
- 3rd degree—full thickness burns—these burns go through the dermis and affect deeper tissues and damages or destroys the deepest layer of skin and tissues underneath the skin.
Treatment for Burns
- 1st degree burns: Usually can be treated with antibiotic cream and other over-the-counter remedies.
- 2nd degree burns: These types of burns may require stronger prescription antibiotic cream to prevent any possible infection.
- 3rd degree burns: These can be life-threatening and often require debridement (removal of the dead tissue to help the wound heal) and skin grafts.
Long term effects
- Disfiguring scars and contractures.
- Severe infection
- Loss of pigmentation, increased risk of skin cancer
- Emotional trauma and pain
Burn injuries can be extremely painful and life-threatening (depending on the degree of the burn). At the Kisselburgh Law Firm, Robert has represented many clients with severe burns. In one case, Robert represented a woman who suffered 3rd degree burns over 50% of her body. It was a horrific injury and ultimately, she did not survive her burns. Robert has also represented clients seriously burned by electrocution, fire, and explosions, including a child severely burned as a result of a natural gas explosion. If you have suffered a burn injury due to the fault of someone else, you need to consult an experienced personal injury attorney who has a successful track record of representing clients who suffered burns.
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