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Posted by: Heiting & Irwin, APLC on 03/21/2017

Burn Injuries and How to Treat Them

Burn Injuries and How to Treat Them Anyone who has touched a hot stove or gotten too close to a fire knows that burn injuries can be painful. While superficial burns like these and sunburns are certainly painful, they are rarely serious or life-threatening. Not all burn injuries are like this, however. Depending on the cause and circumstances surrounding the burn, immediate medical care may be necessary. Learn how to diagnose a burn injury and determine what steps need to be taken to preserve your health and wellbeing (or that of a loved one) following a burn injury.
 
Determining the Severity of Your Burn Injury
 
When you or a loved one suffers a burn injury, you must quickly determine the severity of the burn in order to know what steps must be taken next. Burns are described in terms of degrees, with first-degree burns being the least serious and third-degree burns being the most serious. One can usually examine the burn injury and know with some certainty the degree of the burn:
  • First-degree burns are superficial and only affect the outermost layers of skin. The skin will usually appear red and be sensitive to touch. The skin may also feel hot or radiate heat. The skin may (or may not) blister.
  • Second-degree burns impact several layers of skin and are considered to be more serious than first-degree burns. The skin may appear red and blisters are more common. In addition, the burn site may be swollen and painful.
  • Third-degree burns affect skin tissue and the underlying tissue, as well. As opposed to the other types of burns, third-degree burns often appear white and/or the skin may have a “charred” appearance to it. Nerve damage often accompanies third-degree burns, so the victim may not feel any pain as a result of the injury.
Some medical professionals also recognize fourth-degree burns, which are burn injuries that destroy the skin tissue and also damage bones, muscles, and tendons. Again, these burn injuries are often white in appearance and may not cause the victim any pain.
 
What to Do After a Burn Injury
 
First-degree burns can usually be treated by cooling the skin and treating any blisters that may appear. Rarely do first-degree burns need emergency medical care. Third- and fourth-degree burns will almost always require a trip to the hospital emergency room, as will second-degree burns that cover more than half of the victim’s body or that affect sensitive areas like the face or genitals.
 
If your burn injury is the result of another person’s careless acts, such as not properly storing a hot liquid or failing to properly lockout/tagout dangerous electrical equipment, Heiting & Irwin, APLC, your Riverside injury attorneys may be able to help you obtain compensation for your pain and suffering as well as your financial losses. Call Heiting & Irwin at (951) 682-6440, or contact the firm online, to discuss your burn injuries and whether you may be eligible to receive monetary compensation as a result.