September 04, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- It's hard not to wince at the thought of a severe burn. The American Burn Association reports that in 2012, about 450,000 people got medical treatment for burn injuries
in the U.S. Of these, 3,400 were fatal injuries from house fires, motor vehicle accidents, nonresidential fires, electricity, hot liquid or objects. Almost 70 percent of those burned were male and approximately the same proportion happened when victims were at home.
Common causes of burns
Most burns are on the skin's surface from exposure to dangerous levels of heat, chemicals, radiation, electricity, or ultraviolet rays from tanning beds or sunlight, according to the National Institutes of Health. Internal burns to air passages can be caused by inhaling smoke, steam, hot air or caustic fumes. The sources of these burn-causing agents are many; most commonly fire, but also including hot liquid, steam and combustible materials.
Nature of harm and symptoms
Burns are usually classified as first, second or third degree, depending on how many layers of skin are destroyed, with third degree being the most severe. Initially, the site of a burn may be painful, red, swollen and blistering, and more serious symptoms may follow such as:
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Temperature sensitivity.
: from the breach to the skin's natural barrier of protection.
: even a minor burn can hurt a lot; in fact, more serious burns may hurt less because of nerve damage.
- Peeling skin.
- Psychological impact
: scarring and disfigurement can negatively impact a victim's confidence and cause depression and anxiety.
: from dehydration.
: in about 4 percent of cases in 2012, according to the ABA.
- And more.
Treatment and recovery
Emergency care is often required and ongoing medical treatment can be prolonged and expensive, with traumatic or catastrophic burns
often being treated in specialized burn units.
Burns can take a long time to heal and require intense medical treatment, including surgical intervention like removal of damaged tissue and skin grafts. Necessary for only the most severe of burns, a skin graft is a transplant of a patch of healthy skin from another part of the victim's body onto the burned skin, or from another person, an animal or synthetic material.
An area that receives a skin graft can get infected, numb, overly sensitive, discolored or bumpy, or may not always heal appropriately.
New cells can also be created from the top layer of the victim's skin for transplant.
Other burn treatments include:
- Antibiotic and antimicrobial creams.
- Blood transfusions.
- Sterile dressings.
- Pain medications.
- Nutritional support.
- Ventilator use for internal injury.
- Physical therapy.
- Reconstructive surgery.
- And more.
Seek legal advice
Unfortunately, in Pennsylvania and elsewhere, while burns are often caused by purely accidental circumstances, all too often people suffer burns because of the negligence or recklessness of other others.
If you or a loved one is burned as a result of the carelessness of another person, discuss the incident and injury with an experienced personal injury attorney who has worked with burn cases. He or she can explain your potential legal remedies, including the possibility of a personal injury lawsuit for damages for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and more.
Article provided by Eisenberg Rothweiler Winkler Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C.
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