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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.

Death and Injury in Fireworks Mishap

Preparations for a day meant to be in celebration were cut short when a trailer full of fireworks exploded, killing one person and seriously injuring three others. Investigations are ongoing, and a reckoning will have to be made soon.

Kiwanis Club members who were setting up the famous fireworks display slated as the culminating activity for the upcoming Fourth of July celebrations in the small town of Comanche near Fort Worth were interrupted by a loud explosion coming from the direction of the local high school. One volunteer was near enough to the trailer to have been killed on the spot. The planned activities for the next day were canceled as a result.

The fireworks display had been a tradition in the town (population 4,500) for 24 years, drawing visitors from Fort Worth, Dallas, and Austin, and nothing untoward had happened before. It is unclear what triggered the explosion. State fire marshals and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are investigating.

There are many possible explanations for the explosion, such as manufacturing defects or improper handling that caused the fireworks to go off unprovoked. It may be that someone had unintentionally or deliberately set it off by throwing a lighted match or live cigarette in the vicinity of the trailer. It is likely that the explosion was a result of some type of negligence, if not malice.

If and when the triggering agent is identified, families of the deceased and injured club members may seek to get compensation from the responsible parties. It will not be an easy task as explosion accidents often leave very little behind. In this case, Fort Worth personal injury lawyers should be engaged as they would have the resources to acquire the evidence to support a claim that is not available to most lay people.