Burn injuries can occur unexpectedly, ranging from mild to catastrophic. There are numerous ways this can happen, such as sunburn, tanning beds, chemicals, fire, electricity, hot liquids, contact with hot objects, heat, cold, friction, and radiation. If you are not sure where to turn, and feel you need a personal injury attorney, the Law Firm of Salim-Beasley LLC can help you with all your legal needs.
First Degree Burns
Also called superficial burns, these affect the outer layer of skin (epidermis). There will be redness but no blisters present. The pain can last several days but hospitalization is not usually required. Your physician will be able to advise healing remedies and pain medication.
Second Degree Burns
Also called a partial-thickness burn, these burns extend into the second layer of skin (dermis). Redness, pain, swelling, and blisters may be present. They are separated into two categories, superficial and deep, depending on the severity. These burns may take several weeks to heal and your doctor may recommend painkillers, antibiotics, and daily dressing changes. Many can be treated on an outpatient basis, but you and your medical team will make that decision.
Third Degree Burns
These are also called full-thickness burns with damage to both the dermis and epidermis.
Nerve damage may also occur depending on the severity of the burn. Skin may be charred, dry, swollen, and leathery with or without undeveloped blisters. Pain may not be present if damage to nerve endings has occurred. These burns require immediate medical attention and depending on the severity, surgery may be required.
Fourth Degree Burns
The most severe type of burn, this can include injury to the underlying muscle, tissue or bone. Skin may appear blackened and charred. Surgical removal of burned area may possibly need to occur. Immediate medical attention is necessary.
If you have a wrongful burn injury and it’s had a negative impact on your way of life and work, you may be due for some compensation. With over 50 years experience, our personal injury attorneys at the Law Firm of Salim-Beasley LLC can help you get what you deserve.