Burn Injuries

Burns are excruciatingly painful injuries. Besides damaging layers of the skin, nerve and tissues, a severe burn can also result to scarring, disfigurement, infection, loss of mobility, and even loss of a limb. While contact with a very hot object (including fire and steam), which affects the layer underneath the skin, can be very painful, the most severe of burns, which damages the nerves and the deepest layers of the skin can render the injury with almost no pain anymore.

Based on the severity of the injury, burns have three classifications:

  • Third degree: this type of burn damages the nerve and the skin’s deepest layer, often including the tissues underneath the muscles and bones. Though some victims usually no longer feel pain (due to the damaged nerves), this type of burn is still the most serious, thus victim should be given immediate medical attention. Third-degree burns heal a long time and only through the scarring of the edges of the wound. Unlike first degree burns which may be soaked in cool water and treated with burn ointment, these forms of remedy should never be applied to third degree burns (ice or ice water should never be used on affected areas too).
  • Second degree: this type of burn, which affects the layer beneath the skin, is the most painful; it also causes swelling and blisters. While puncturing is blisters should never be done (as this may result to infection), soaking of burned area in cool water, rubbing on it antibiotic cream and covering it with a dry, non-stick bandage is highly recommended. Second degree burns usually take 2 to 3 weeks healing period.
  • First degree: though still painful, this type of burn affects only the outer layer of the skin, thus, it is considered minor. During the healing period (about six days), swelling may occur until burned skin dries and peels off. It is recommended that first degree burn injuries be soaked in cool water and, for faster healing, be treated with aloe vera cream or any type of antibiotic ointment.

The causes of burn injuries include contact with strong acids or other chemicals, electrocution, radiation and thermals (such as flame, steam, boiling liquid, hot grease or oil, fireworks, heaters, curling irons, etc. While many burn injuries may be due to the victims’ own fault, a lot more others are due to someone else’s acts of negligence, which result to unsafe private or public areas, or defective products, like appliances.

In its website, the law firm Pohl & Berk, LLP, gives emphasis on the responsibility of individuals in compensating those who suffer burn injuries due to their acts of a negligence or carelessness. This compensation, according to the firm, usually includes medical bills, lost wages, reconstructive surgery, psychological and physical therapy, and emergency transportation. The assistance of a knowledgeable and skillful personal injury lawyer in any legal action that the victim decides to pursue is very important; thus, it should be considered by the victim.