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According to the American Burn Association, an average of 486,000 burn injuries receive medical treatment in the United States each year. In some instances, a burn injury can be a catastrophic event and can alter the course of your life. Even if the burn injury is not life-threatening, it is important that you have competent legal representation that can alert you of your rights and pursue fair compensation for your loss and suffering. If you experienced a burn injury due to another person’s negligence, you should reach out to the Cleveland Burn Injury Attorneys at Kisling, Nestico & Redick.
If you have any questions regarding burn injuries or accidents, call our Cleveland burn injury lawyers at (216) 658-1330 or contact us via our online contact form to schedule a free initial consultation today.
Degree of Burns
There are different levels or degrees of burn injuries. Typical burn injury classifications are first, second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth degree. The way that a degree is graded is dependent on the depth and harshness of the burn.
- First degree burns are identified by discomfort and red discoloration of the epidermis or top layer of the skin. In most cases, first degree burns do not result in long term skin damage.
- Second degree burns are partial thickness burns, which involve the epidermis and the dermis or lower level of the skin and intense pain. Symptoms include puffiness, reddening, and the appearance of bumps and blisters.
- Third degree burns or full thickness burns are marked by further destruction of the skin as the injury extends past the dermis and mutilates deeper tissues. A victim of third degree burns would have singed skin that would be darkened or white in appearance and the skin may also appear leathery and dry with swelling.
- Fourth, fifth, and sixth degree burns can be fatal, as the wound goes through the entire skin into underlying fat, muscle and bone. This can result in loss of function and charring of the distressed area of the body as the muscle and bone is unable to regrow like before. Because of the extent of the injury, amputation is usually protocol for this severity of injury.
Although chemical burns can happen in many places, numerous studies indicate a significant amount occur in the workplace. Substantial numbers of occupational chemical burn injuries happen in manufacturing facilities where usage of chemicals is a daily requirement of the job. Many causes of chemical burns include accidental discharges of chemicals through mishandling of dangerous substances. What makes chemical burns especially problematic is that the scope of the impairment is not immediately perceptible to the naked eye. Due to this fact, chemical burns can go untreated and result in serious injuries.
Many chemical burn injuries affect the face, eyes, arms and legs. The extent of the burn injury can depend on a plethora of considerations. Some include but are not limited to:
- Duration of exposure
- The amount of the chemical you encountered
- Location on the body the injury took place (skin, eye, etc.)
- The strength of the chemical
- If the substance was ingested or inhaled
Chemical burns can be very volatile, so immediate treatment is critical as death can be the consequence.
One of the lasting reminders of a burn injury are the scars that a burn victim may have to live with. In many instances, the scars add to the overall suffering a person goes through in the aftermath of a burn injury. Many scars are painful because the skin is often blistered and adopts a red tone.
First degree burns usually heal within one week and typically do not leave burn scars on the skin. Second degree burns most often leave burn scars that heal in about two to three weeks. If a person has a more severe burn, there is often no pain. The skin, however, may be torched black or white. This is indicative of a third-degree burn or higher.
There are three primary types of burn scars that affect burn injury sufferers. These types of burn scars are:
- Hypertrophic scars look red or purple, and the skin is raised and can become hot and irritated.
- Contracture scars tighten the skin, muscles, and tendons and impede regular skin development.
- Keloid scars that develop into a glossy, bald lump.
There are numerous elements to consider when evaluating your treatment options for a burn injury. These choices are influenced by the type and degree of the burn injury you are afflicted with. Chemical burns are not addressed the same as non-chemical burns. For chemical burns, you should call the Poison Control Center and 911 immediately. Cleveland Area chemical burn victims can call (216) 658-1330. When calling in your chemical burn, it is imperative that you make sure to identify the chemical involved to ensure a successful recovery.
First degree burns can be treated with many resources at home and items that can be acquired at your local pharmacy. Upon experiencing a first-degree burn, it’s imperative to clean the area with warm water. Next, remove all tight clothing and objects from the affected area. Then, put a topical ointment, such as Neosporin, on the burn area. A follow-up tetanus shot is highly encouraged. If you feel that the burn is more severe, it is recommended that you seek medical attention from a local hospital such as Cleveland Clinic, Metrohealth, or University Hospital.
For second, and third-degree burns, quick action is a must. You need to remove the victim from the burning area, and quickly remove any burning substances from the person. Call 911 and try to keep the patient warm and still until the paramedics arrive. Under no circumstances do you use cold water on the victim. Doing so can cause hypothermia. Other treatments include IV fluids, pain and anxiety medications, and drugs to fight infections that may develop.
Our Cleveland Burn Injury Lawyer Can Help You
Enduring a burn injury can be devastating. Upon returning to your daily life, you may need additional support and care. The Cleveland injury lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick can and will help you seek compensation. Ohio burn injury lawyers at KNR have decades of combined experience in winning cases related to a wide variety of injuries, auto accidents, rideshare incidents, accidental deaths, and workers’ compensation issues. Based in 11 locations around Ohio including Cleveland, we cover extensive legal ground.