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Burn Injuries

Burn Injury Attorneys in Chicago

Burn injuries can be very painful for weeks or months after the initial incident. While it has a clear physical impact, it can also leave psychological repercussions as well. There are varying degrees of burn injuries which each can be caused by a number of accidents. We will preview the basics of them below.

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Types of Burn Injuries

Burn injuries are classified as being first degree, second degree, or third degree burns. First degree burns occur when only the top layer of skin is affected. These are usually fairly mild and cause reddening and pain on the skin’s surface. They can heal relatively quickly with proper skincare regimens including aloe vera creams or pain medications and ointment. First-degree burns are also the most common type of burn.

Second-degree burns are more serious and affect the top and lower layers of skin. They are accompanied by pain, redness, blistering, and swelling. They take longer to heal and should be treated with by running the injury under cool water, bandaging the wound, and consulting a doctor to get their opinion on if medical treatment is required.

Third-degree burns are extremely serious and could be life-threatening. These burns can go through each layer of the skin to the subcutaneous tissue and can affect deep tissues. Skin may appear charred, black, or white; it may also feel leathery. They also usually destroy nerve endings in the affected area, so you may feel little to no pain with the injury. Depending on the injury’s severity and the victim’s characteristics, you may or may not require medical treatment such as skin grafts, reconstruction, diet recommendations, intravenous fluids, and more. 

What Causes Burn Injuries?

There are numerous types of burns that are brought on by different causes. Some of the most common types of burns include the following:

  • Thermal burns – This is the most common type of burn which is caused by coming into contact with a hot object. The heat can kill skin cells or nerve cells, if it is hot or long enough. Steam, liquids, metals, and fires can cause thermal burns. You can use pain killers or burn creams or ointments to treat mild burns, but should consult a doctor for severe burns.
  • Chemical burns – These occur due to strong chemical solutions, acids, detergents, or solvent that touch your skin or eyes. The chemical composition has a burning effect which should be treated by rinsing it with cold water, antibiotics for an infection, or skin grafting.
  • Electrical burns – these occur when your skin comes into contact with a strong electric current. These can affect deep tissues and muscles and could do more damage than just a physical burn. These should be treated similarly to chemical or thermal burns, but certainly with the help of consulting a physician first.
  • Friction burns – These occur when an object rubs off a portion of a person’s skin. This can include carpet burns, motor vehicle accidents (after hitting the pavement), and more. Generally, these are not extremely serious and can be treated with burn creams or ointments.
  • Cold burns – This type of burn is unusual in the sense that extremely cold temperatures can damage the skin by freezing it and causing frostbite. This is the same as a cold burn and should be treated by getting into a warm environment, shedding the cold clothing, soaking the skin in water, and applying a warm compress or blanket. Medical treatment may be necessary.
  • Radiation burns – This type of burn occurs when radiation sources, such as the sun’s ultraviolet rays, come into contact with the skin. This commonly occurs in cases of strong sunburns. It also can be due to X-rays or radiation therapies for cancers.

Damages That Can Be Recovered

Burn injuries can be traumatizing in a number of ways for the victim. It can put a halt to your normal life’s activities and alter your life or even take a life. If you pursue a claim against the party that you believe is responsible for your burn injuries, and you win, you can be compensated for the losses and damages that you had to endure as a result of the accident. Some common damages in these cases can include the following:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of quality of life
  • Future loss of earnings
  • Wrongful death
  • Disability

If you or a loved one has been injured due to burn injuries, contact our office today for a free consultation.

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