Millions of burn injuries occur every year in the United States. Of these, 450,000 are treated in hospitals and emergency rooms, a number that doesn’t even include the number of injuries treated by family doctors or in clinics. While many burns can be treated, there are some that are so severe that approximately 3,400 victims succumb to their wounds each year.
The Boston burn injury lawyers at the Kiley Law Group understand the challenges faced by burn victims and their family members. Our law firm has more than 40 years of experience helping victims recover the financial security they need to restore their lives. If you were harmed or a loved one died as a result of a serious burn injury, please call us today at 888-979-9323 for a no-cost consultation.
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Burn Injury Overview
Burn Injury Causes
A burn injury may be the result of an accident at home or in the workplace, a fire, or the negligence of another. The burn injury lawyers at the Kiley Law Group have served clients who have suffered injuries caused by:
- Hot water burns or scalding liquids
- Overexposure to sun
- Chemical burns
- Electrical burns
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Defective products
- Hot surfaces
Complications of Burn Injuries
Chemical and electrical burns are especially serious because, while the outward symptoms of the burn may not appear severe, the inside of the body can be affected. These types of burns can cause internal bleeding and organ damage.
If you or a loved one has been burned in any of the following areas, seek burn care from a doctor as soon as possible:
Types of Burns
The type of burn depends on how long the skin was exposed and how hot or corrosive the material that caused the burn was. Skin burns can do internal and external damage, but they are typically categorized based on the depth of damage done to the skin. Burns can be:
- First degree burns
- Second degree burns
- Third degree burns
Burn victims who suffer first degree burns will most commonly experience red, non-blistered skin and minor swelling. Most first degree burns will clear up in a few days. Victims can perform first aid for burns by running the burn site under cool water and treating it with burn cream. If the burn site becomes extremely painful, swollen, red, or does not clear up with home burn treatment, it may require the attention of a doctor or surgeon.
A second degree burn occurs when damage extends deeper than the first layer of skin. These burns often result in blisters that can break, causing the burn to appear wet. Depending on the severity of the burn, it may be able to be treated at home with rinsing, cleaning, and bandaging. Second degree burns can take two to three weeks to heal completely, but you should contact your doctor if the pain does not begin to subside after the first week.
Third degree burns damage every layer of skin and can reach major organs and bones. The damage can be so extensive that it affects the nerves, leaving the burn victim unable to feel pain. Without proper treatment, these burns may result in the wrongful death of the victim.
Third degree burns are characterized by thickened skin and a waxy, leather appearance. The skin may also appear brown, black, or raised and bumpy. These burns should never be treated at home. If you or a loved on has suffered a third degree burn, elevate the injury above your heart if possible. Do not rinse the burn. Instead, make sure no clothing is touching the area and call 9-1-1 immediately. Back to Overview
Burn Injury Treatment
Burn injury treatment is based on the severity of the burn. Generally, when discussing treating burns, they can be broken down into two categories: minor and major.
Minor Burn Treatment
First and second degree burn care can be performed by running the damaged skin under cool (not cold) water for 10-15 minutes. It’s also a good idea to remove restricting clothes or jewelry before the injury begins to swell. If there are blisters, do not break them. Instead, sanitize the area and bandage the blisters only if they rupture on their own.
Pain can be mitigated with an over the counter pain reliever, such as Tylenol. Contact your physician if the pain increases, blisters get larger, or if the burn covers a large portion of your body. You should also see a doctor if you see signs of infection, like excessive swelling, redness, or a yellowish discharge coming from the wound.
Major Burn Treatment
Third degree burns, or those that cover a large portion of the body, require immediate medical attention to prevent infection. If someone has been severely burned, call 9-1-1 right away. If you cannot safely reach the victim, wait for emergency responders to arrive.
If it is safe for you to help, gently move the victim away from any immediate danger. Work quickly to remove restricting clothing, belts, or jewelry before the injuries swell. If the victim’s clothing is burned or stuck to the skin, do not remove it. Check the victim’s vital signs and perform CPR if there is no pulse.
Never run cool water over large or third degree burns, as this can cause a state of shock or hypothermia. Do your best to keep the burn victim comfortable. Keep the injury elevated and cover it lightly with a clean, sterile bandage if one is available. Back to Overview
Compensation for Burn Injury Victims
The first step in determining whether you can receive compensation for your burns is figuring out who was at fault. If the burn occurred at work, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. If the injury was the result of a fire in a public place, such as a store or restaurant, the owner or manager of the property may be responsible.
If one of the parties involved has been found negligent, you may be able to sue them for emotional damages, medical bills, and pain and suffering. A burn injury lawyer can help you build a strong case and fight for your rights in court. Back to Overview
Contact A Boston Burn Injury Attorney
The burn injury attorneys at the Kiley Law Group are on your side. Contact us at 888-437-2584 to schedule a free consultation anywhere, anytime – in our office, at your home, or in the hospital. We’ll be there for you, from beginning to end, until we’ve done everything we can to see you made whole.