Severe burns rank among the most serious injuries a victim can suffer. They may require hospitalization, multiple surgeries, skin grafting, and specialized treatment. If you or your loved one has sustained serious burns because of someone else’s negligence, consult with an experienced San Diego personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
What Types of Accidents Can Result in Burn Injuries?
Burns can be thermal, electrical, chemical, or caused by radiation. Examples of types of accidents that may result in burn injuries include:
Car accidents: Automobiles engines use gasoline and combustion and become heated when driven. Thermal burns can occur when drivers or passengers come into contact with hot surfaces or liquids in a crash. Electrical burns can be caused by contact with wires that are exposed in a collision.
Motorcycle accidents: Riders are vulnerable to several types of burns in a motorcycle crash. A spark can start a fire when a collision causes the gas tank to leak. Metal parts on a bike can reach high temperatures, including the exhaust and engine. A rider can come into contact with hot surfaces in a collision. Corrosive materials, such as gasoline and battery acid, can cause chemical burns to a rider’s skin.
Apartment and hotel fires: Faulty wiring in buildings and other factors can cause fires in apartment buildings and hotels. Tenants and guests can be seriously injured when property owners fail to maintain their premises in a safe condition.
Defective products: Defective electrical products, such as vaping devices, kitchen appliances, space heaters, and electric blankets, can cause fires and severe burns to consumers when they malfunction.
What Are the Different Degrees of Burn Injuries?
Burns are classified in degrees, based on the severity of the injury.
First-degree burns: A first-degree burn is a minor injury that causes pain and redness in the epidermis – the outer layer of skin.
Second-degree burns: In the second degree, burns affect the epidermis and also penetrate to the dermis, the deeper layer of skin. Second-degree burns can cause pain and scarring. Symptoms include swelling and skin that is red, white, or splotchy.
Third-degree burns: The most severe burn injuries are classified in the third degree. The damaged tissue extends through the epidermis and the dermis to the fat layer beneath the skin. Affected tissues may be white, brown, or black. Third-degree burns can cause nerve damage leading to numbness and loss of mobility and result in permanent scarring and disfigurement.
What Wound Care and Treatment Options Are Available for Burn Injury Victims?
Severe burns are typically treated in burn centers. Treatment may involve skin grafting and other surgical procedures. Burn injuries may require pain management and occupational therapy. Common therapies include:
IV fluids to prevent dehydration and organ failure
Water-based treatments such as ultrasound mist therapy to clean and stimulate wound tissue
Burn creams and ointments to help prevent infection
Specialty wound dressings to prepare the wound to heal
IV antibiotics to fight infection
Pain and anxiety medications
How Can a San Diego Burn Injury Attorney Help?
Severe burn injuries may require extensive medical treatment and time away from work. They may cause permanent partial or total disability. It is important for your financial future to recover the maximum compensation available from responsible parties. Our San Diego burn injury lawyers at Eugene Bruno & Associates will accept no low ball offers. We get results for our clients, with a 99.7% success rate.
If you or your loved one has suffered severe burn injuries in San Diego, call us at (619) 209-6066 to schedule a free consultation. We can investigate the accident to determine fault and liability, assess the full extent of your damages, and effectively pursue the compensation you need and deserve.
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