When to Call Burn Injury Lawyers


Burn Injury Lawyers


Burn injuries are extremely painful, and can be difficult to treat and slow to heal. Burns are the fourth most common cause of injuries worldwide, ranking after traffic accidents, falls, and interpersonal violence. Pediatric burns happen more often in the home, while adults are equally likely to suffer burn injuries in the home, at work, or outdoors. Coping with severe burns can be very difficult, as burns often require long periods of rehabilitation, and can affect mobility and appearance. If you have suffered burns in an accident, call a burn injury lawyer. These legal professionals can advise you as to whether you are eligible for insurance benefits or other types of financial compensation. Claiming insurance benefits can be difficult for anyone who isn’t experienced at it, and there are numerous timing requirements that need to be met in order to go forward. Consequently, it’s best to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after the accident.


Dealing with Burns


There are three classifications of burns:

·       First-degree burns. These minor burns affect the epidermis, or outer layer of the skin. They cause redness and swelling, and usually resolve with the help of minor first aid within a week.

·       Second-degree burns. A second-degree burn affects both the epidermis and the dermis below. These burns may cause red, white or blotchy skin, as well as swelling. The skin may blister, and the wound can look wet. The pain can be severe, and the burns can cause scarring.

·       Third-degree burns. A third-degree burn affects epidermis and dermis and also the fat layer under the skin. Burns may appear waxy, and may be charred black or white. Other symptoms may include numbness due to damaged nerves, or difficulty breathing.


Treatment of burns can include a number of different approaches,  such as; water based treatments like ultrasound mist therapy, IV fluids to prevent organ failure due to dehydration, pain medications such as morphine, topical creams and ointments to prevent infection and speed healing. If an infection develops, you may also need IV antibiotics to help to fight it. Your doctor may also prescribe anti-anxiety medication.


After the initial treatments, you may need physical therapy to help stretch the skin. Occupational therapy can help you to regain the ability to do daily tasks.


If your burns are serious enough, you may require surgery. Burns in the area of the throat may require surgical intervention to install a breathing tube. In order to get enough nutrition, you may need a feeding tube. If scabs get too large, they can inhibit your ability to move, and may need to be surgically trimmed. Skin grafts may be used to replace scar tissue, and reconstructive surgery can be an option for improving the appearance of scarred tissue.


Getting Help


While recovering from burn injuries you may need help with daily tasks that may include housekeeping and/or home maintenance, or medical procedures such as changing dressings. If you have to hire attendant care, your insurance company benefits may be able to provide you with funds to offset the cost. Contact a firm with burn injury lawyers to handle your claims, and to advise you on your options for financial compensation.