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Car Accident Burn Injury Lawsuit Lawyers in Georgia


February 17, 2022

The most severe burns penetrate several layers of the skin and may damage muscle tissue and bones. When someone sustains a severe burn, they may need painful skin graft operations in order to repair the burn-damaged tissues. Whether the burn victim sustains their injury at work, on the road, or at home, burn injuries caused by a third party could be compensatable under Georgia law.

Burn injuries are categorized by degrees of severity. First-degree burns are the most minor burn injuries, while third-degree burns are the most severe. Third-degree burns will most likely require medical treatment at a hospital or emergency care center. The degree of a burn indicates the layers of tissue that are affected by the burn. The burn classifications are as follows:

First-degree burns are considered the most minor burn injuries and typically do not need emergency medical treatment. The burnt area of skin is red and painful to the touch. In first-degree burns, only the outer layers of skin are affected. When first-degree burns are sustained, it is important to cool the skin and keep the skin dry. Tylenol or other pain medications with aloe vera gel or skin ointments helps the healing process. 

Second-degree burns are more serious, and the burns penetrate deeper into the skin. The affected skin will be red, swollen, and will have blisters. Second-degree burns are very painful. These serious burns don't always require emergency medical treatment. However, when the second-degree burn affects more than 50 percent of the victim's body or face, medical treatment may be necessary. Treatment often includes pain management, skin ointments, and keeping the burned tissue dry. Second-degree burns can become infected after the blisters have burst.

Third-degree burns are the most severe burn injuries and affect more layers of skin, muscle tissue, and bone. Unlike first-degree and second-degree burns, third-degree burns can appear charred or white, and in some cases, the burn victim will likely not feel pain due to nerve damage. Third-degree burns are a medical emergency, and the burn victim must be treated immediately. Third-degree burns will require skin grafts to reduce loss of functioning and treat the burn.

As with other types of injuries, the sooner burn victims receive medical attention, the more positive the outcome the burn victim can expect. If the third-degree burn victim is not treated quickly, they could suffer shock and other complications.

The Common Causes of Burn Injuries 

Heat and fire cause burns known as "thermal burns." However, burns may also be caused by the following:

  • Electrical currents that contact the skin;
  • Chemicals such as acids;
  • Radiation from tanning booths, the sun, cancer treatments, and X-ray machines;
  • Frostbite.

Burn injuries can occur when warning labels are not affixed to products, or certain products were manufactured in a defective way. For example, someone is burned at work because the employer did not properly label certain caustic liquids, and a chemical splashed onto a worker's skin and caused a chemical burn.

When someone sustains a burn due to another's carelessness or recklessness, that victim may suffer intense pain. The burn victim might not be able to use the affected part of the body for several weeks. This means the worker may not be able to earn money and sustain other economic and non-economic damages. 

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At Montlick Injury Attorneys, we fight hard and work hard for our clients. If you or a loved one have been injured by another's negligent actions, call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law for your free consultation today. Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law has been representing those who suffer serious injuries for over years.

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