Burn Injuries Sustained in a Personal Injury Accident
Burn injuries are among the most painful injuries that people can suffer. Sadly, burn injuries have become increasingly common. Fires, explosions, scalding liquids, overheated equipment, malfunctioning tanning beds, chemical exposure, and more can result in serious burn injuries. If you have been burned as a result of someone else's negligence, you might be eligible to receive compensation for your injuries.
Types of Burn Injuries
Burns are categorized by their degree of severity. There are three primary types of burns—first, second, and third degree. First degree is the most minor, consisting of red and non-blistered skin. Second degree burns feature some thickening of the skin and blisters. Third degree burns are thick and inflict a white, leathery appearance. There is also a rarer, fourth degree burn in which damage extends beyond the skin and into the bones or tendons.
Causes of Burn Injuries
Burn injuries can stem from many different sources. They will commonly occur in severe car or truck accidents in which a fire breaks out. They can also occur in workplace fires or explosions, house fires, and chemical exposure. Those who work in environments with dangerous chemicals are at serious risk of burns. Lastly, defective products can inflict burn injuries when they become too hot or catch fire.
Treatment for Burn Injuries
First degree burns can generally be treated at home. Soaking the wound in cool water is important immediately following the accident. You can apply aloe vera gel to soothe the skin and antibiotic ointment to aid in healing.
Second degree burns may require more intensive treatment, especially depending upon the location of the burn. Any burns to the face, hands, feet, groin, or buttocks should be treated by a medical professional right away. These burns will require frequent bandaging, antibiotic cream, and pain medication.
Call 911 immediately if you have experienced a suspected third degree burn. These burns carry the most risk for complications, such as infections, shock, and blood loss. Scars are also a serious complication for these burns. With immediate proper treatment, you can reduce the risk of complications and give your burn the best possibility at healing completely.
Personal Injury Claims for Your Burn Injury
If your burn injury was inflicted due to the negligent actions of another person or entity, you may be able to receive compensation. You can file a personal injury action against the party responsible for your injuries with the assistance of a licensed lawyer. You may be able to seek compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and permanent disfigurement in the action.
Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law: Put Our Over 30 Years of Experience to Work on Your Case!
If you or a loved one is injured in any sort of accident involving negligence, contact the Georgia Personal Injury Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law. Our law firm is dedicated to assisting burn accident victims across Georgia and in the Southeast. We bring over 30 years of experience to your personal injury case, striving to provide you with the exceptional representation you need to obtain the best possible outcome. The sooner you act after your accident, the greater your chances of obtaining a full recovery. As such, it is important that you seek the assistance of a licensed lawyer as soon as possible. Call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.