Pensacola burn injury victims suffer burns of various types and degrees. Burn injury treatment usually depends on the type and extent of the burn.
Types of Burns
Thermal burns are common injuries caused by contact with flames, steam, hot liquids and other sources of heat. Although thermal burns can be minor, serious burns may lead to long-term physical and emotional disabilities. Most thermal injuries are caused by fire during car accidents, explosions, water heater fires and structural fires. Defective consumer products may also cause thermal burns.
Electrical burns may lead to both external and internal injuries as the electric current passes through the body. Electrical burns are serious, and individuals who suffer this type of injury should receive medical attention immediately. High-voltage electricity may lead to serious damage of internal organs, including tissue destruction, internal bleeding and nerve or muscle damage.
Chemical burns are a result of direct contact with powerful acids and other toxic substances. The most common chemical burns are caused by industrial products, household cleaners, some cosmetic products and chemical spills.
Radiation burns are caused by exposure to nuclear radiation or ultraviolet light, including sunlight. Radiation burn injuries can range from mild to moderate and severe. Radiation burns can also lead to cancer due to DNA damage and cell deformity.
Inhalation burns are associated with inhalation of systemic toxins, including carbon monoxide and smoke. Inhalation burns may cause organ failure, restrict breathing and lead to death.
Degrees of Burns
- First degree burns
- Second degree burns
- Third and fourth degree burns
First degree burns are generally considered mild and are associated with redness, pain and swelling. Second degree burns may lead to severe pain, swelling and blisters. Third and fourth degree burns are generally painless because nerve endings are completely destroyed. These burns appear white, gray or black, depending on the extent of the injury.
Size of Burns
According to established medical standards, first and second degree burns that cover less than 10 percent of the total body surface area (TBSA) are considered minor. Any type of burn injury covering more than 10 percent is considered serious and requires prompt medical treatment. However, third and fourth degree burns covering more than 2 percent of TBSA are extremely serious. In addition, burn injuries of the hands, feet, face, groin, buttocks and joints should also be treated by a medical professional regardless of the size.
Burn Injury: Legal Help
Sadly, burn injuries lead to many deaths every year. In addition, burn injuries often cause serious disfigurement as well as lasting physical and emotional problems. About 75 percent of all burn injuries are preventable because they result from negligent accidents, defective products and/or chemical spills. If you or a loved one have become a victim of a serious burn injury, you may be eligible for compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.
An experienced burn injury attorney in Pensacola can help you hold the negligent party responsible by filing a claim demanding that your legal rights be honored. For an evaluation of your case by an experienced Pensacola attorney, please contact the law offices of Emmanuel, Sheppard & Condon. To schedule a free consultation, please call 850-444-HURT (4878).