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Burn injuries can occur at a variety of levels, have a wide range of causes, and may require a variety of different treatments for burns depending on the type and degree of burn. Fire departments in the state of Ohio reported 8.2 deaths and 39.3 injuries for every 1,000 residential fires in 2016 alone. The American Burn Association reports that 33% of burns come from scalding injuries created by wet heat, and also that chemical burns create a notable percentage of burn treatment admissions to burn centers.
If you experienced a burn injury, particularly due to lack of training, negligence, or another external factor, reach out to the Youngstown burn injury attorneys at Kisling, Nestico & Redick. A burn injury can be a catastrophic incident, and even if 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. Contact us at (419) 324-8205 or via our online contact form to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced Youngstown burn injury attorney.
Types and 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 identifiable by the discomfort they induce and the red discoloration of the epidermis or top layer of the skin that generally appears. In most cases, first degree burns do not result in long-term skin damage.
- Second-degree burns, or partial thickness burns, involve the epidermis and the dermis or lower level of the skin. Symptoms include puffiness, reddening, and the appearance of bumps and blisters. Second-degree burns are usually characterized by severe pain.
- 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 blood cell tissues which typically leaves singed skin that appears darkened or white. The skin may also appear leathery and dry with swelling.
- Fourth, fifth, and sixth-degree burns can be fatal as the wound eats away through the entire skin and goes 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 regenerate itself. Because of the extent of the injury, amputation is often protocol for this severity of injury.
Chemical burns can happen in a number of places such as factories or labs where chemical compounds and liquid substances are used. Substantial numbers of occupational chemical burn injuries happen in manufacturing facilities where usage of chemicals is a daily requirement of the job. Mishandling toxic substances, often because of oversight or lack of proper training, can cause accidental discharge which not only involves the physical substances but also vapor and air. Chemical burns that go untreated can result in serious and long-lasting injuries.
Many chemical burn injuries affect the face, eyes, arms, and legs, and the extent of the damage can vary. Some of the variables affecting burn degrees are:
- Duration of exposure
- The amount of the chemical encountered
- Location on the body the injury took place
- The strength of the chemical
- If the substance was ingested or inhaled
Immediate treatment is critical for chemical burns, as these injuries are volatile and disfigurement or even death can be the consequence.
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 many reasons. For chemical burns, you need to call the Poison Control Center and 911 immediately.
First-degree burns can be treated with many resources at home and items that can be acquired at your location 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 Youngstown 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 remove any burning substances from the person. Then 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.
Healing and Burn Scars
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. The skin is often blistered and adopts a red tone.
First-degree burns heal within a week and typically do not leave burn scars. Second-degree burns most often leave burn scars that heal in about 2 to 3 weeks. If a person has a more severe burn, there is little to no pain in the residual scars. The skin, however, can appear torched black or white, which indicates a third-degree or more severe burn.
There are three primary types of burn scars that affect burn injury sufferers: hypertrophic, contracture, and keloid scars. Hypertrophic scars look red or purple; 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 develop into a glossy, bald lump.
Our Youngstown Burn Injury Lawyers Can Help You
Enduring a burn injury can be devastating. Upon returning to your daily life, you may need additional support and care. The 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, automobile accidents, rideshare incidents, accidental deaths, and workers’ compensation issues. Based in eleven locations around Ohio including Youngstown, we cover extensive legal ground. In addition to amputations and severed limbs, our diverse team of Ohio attorneys have skillfully dealt with many types of litigation issues.
If you have any questions regarding burn injury, call our Youngstown injury lawyers at (419) 324-8205 or contact us via our online contact form to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced Youngstown burn injury attorney.