Burns, Scarring & Disfigurement
Burns are an emotionally trying and painful injury. They are also, unfortunately, all too common. A burn can come from heat, exposure to chemicals, electrocution, and even from consistent radiation or time spent in the sun. If you have recently suffered from a burn injury, it is important that you get the assistance of a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to help you fight for maximum monetary compensation.
Burn Injuries: Different Degrees, Treatment & More
Burns are classified into different "degrees" depending on the factors of the injury:
- First-degree burn is the mildest of burns and can be considered equal to sunburn.
- Second-degree burn damages the outer layer of the skin and the layer directly beneath. This is red like a first-degree burn, but can also blister and blanch. It is the most painful of burns.
- Third-degree burn causes damage to the deepest layer of the skin. As the nerves are significantly damaged, this is typically not a painful injury; in fact, victims often cannot feel a thing.
One of the most common treatment options for a severe burn injury is a skin graft. A skin graft is a surgical procedure where skin is taken from a healthy donor spot on the victim and transplanted onto the damaged areas.
There are several different types of skin grafts, including:
- Pinch Grafts
- Split-Thickness Grafts
- Full-Thickness Grafts
- Pedicle Grafts
Generally, if the graft "survives" the first 72 hours after its initial implantation surgery, then the body will accept it. Should infection be kept at bay and steady blood supply given, the graft should take around six months to fully heal.
Inhalation Injuries Caused by Fires
One type of injury closely related to burns is known an inhalation injury. Fires where the victim breathes in particles in the air and toxic fumes commonly cause inhalation injuries. This can not only damage the victim's eyes, but can also cause significant damage to their respiratory system—most significantly to their lungs. If the victim previously suffered from chronic heart or lung disease, exposure to these toxic items can severely aggravate their preexisting condition.
Inhalation injuries result in the following symptoms:
- Coughing Up Phlegm
- Scratchy, Irritated Throat
- Irritated Sinuses
- Shortness of Breath
- Pain or Tightness in the Chest
- Running Nose
Inhalation injuries typically occur one of three ways:
- Heat Inhalation: If a victim breathes in extremely hot air or a fire source, it can cause a burn to the inside of the lungs. This also occurs when high pressure forces heat into your lungs. Because the trachea attempts to shield your lungs, the majority of damage is limited to the upper airways.
- Systemic Toxins: Fires may release systemic toxins into the air, which if inhaled can inhibit the body's ability to absorb oxygen. Those who breathe in these toxins often become confused or can even become unconscious. Prolonged exposure can cause permanent organ damage.
- Smoke Inhalation: One of the most common fire-related injuries is caused by the inhalation of smoke. This is less visible, but still catastrophic; 60 to 80% of burn injury fatalities are caused by smoke inhalation.
Contact a Houston Burn Injury Lawyer Today!
If you have been injured in an accident that resulted in serious burns, then it is highly important that you work with a personal injury attorney you can trust. At Arnold & Itkin LLP, we have recovered billions of dollars on behalf of our clients; in fact, we handle more cases each year than most attorneys will handle in their entire careers. If you hire our firm, we will go the distance in our efforts to provide you with the reliable assistance you deserve.
So don't waste another moment! If you are a Texas burn injury victim, call today to learn how we can help.