San Diego Burn Injury Lawyer
According to the American Burn Association, each year there are 1.1 million burn injuries in the United States which require treatment. Burns can be one of the most painful injuries one can sustain. Many serious burn injuries are caused by the negligent, reckless, or intentional conduct of another party. Burn injuries may result from fires, automobile accidents, work related injuries, defective products, trucking accidents and other causes. Burn injuries often cause extreme pain and can lead to life threatening infections and severe disfigurement. If you or a loved one has suffered burn injuries because of another person’s negligence or a defective product, you may be entitled to financial compensation for everything from your pain and suffering, lost wages, and hospital bills, to long term recovery bills. Contact an experienced San Diego burn injury attorney at the Liljegren Law Group today at 866-613-9906.
Degrees of burns
There are three different degrees of burns:
- First degree burns are called superficial burns and damage only the outer layer of skin. The burn is red, painful and dry with no blisters. A mild sunburn is a first degree burn.
- Second degree burns are called partial thickness burns and involve both the outer layer of skin, and part of the dermis, or second layer of skin. The burn is red, painful, and involves blistering.
- Third degree burns are called full thickness burns and destroy the first and second layers of skin and may even damage the underlying bones, muscles, and tendons. The burn is white, leathery or charred. There is often no pain because the nerve endings in the tissue are destroyed by the burn.
- For more information about burn classification visit UNM’s post.
Treatment and the outcome for burn victims
If you encounter a victim of a burn injury, first stop the burning to prevent a more severe burn. According to WebMD, here are a few steps to take:
- Thermal burns: Smother flames. You can do this by by covering them with a blanket or water. If your clothing catches fire, remember to stop, drop, and roll on the ground to smother the flames.
- Cold temperature burns: Try first aid measures to warm the areas. Small areas of your body (ears, face, nose, fingers, toes) that are really cold or frozen can be warmed by blowing warm air on them, tucking them inside your clothing or putting them in warm water.
- Liquid scald burns (thermal burns): Run cool tap water over the burn for 10 to 20 minutes. Do not use ice.
- Electrical burns: Seperate the person from the electrical source (preferably by unplugging the source. If that is not possible use a long piece of wood), check for breathing and a heartbeat. If the person is not breathing or does not have a heartbeat, call 911.
- Look for other injuries. The burn may not be the only injury.
- Remove any jewelry or clothing at the site of the burn. If clothing is stuck to the burn, do not remove it. Carefully cut around the stuck fabric to remove loose fabric.
Steady progress has been made over the years with treatment. Burn victims that had burns that may have once been considered fatal have a likelihood of surviving today. Burn victims suffer from serious and permanent impairments. They suffer physically, emotionally, and financially. Burn victims may also suffer from:
- Years of medical care
- Years of nursing care
- Physical Therapy
- Psychological care
- Emotional distress
- Loss of earnings
- Financial damages
For more detailed information and statistics on burn injuries, click here.
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious burn injury in San Diego, contact the attorneys at the Liljegren Law Group at 866-613-9906 today. Our California burn injury attorneys have years of experience in burn injury cases and understand the complex legal and medical issues involved in burn injuries. Our offices are conveniently located in Escondido, Oceanside, Temecula, La Mesa, Palm Desert, and Huntington Beach, California. Call now for a free legal consultation.