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Burns happen with varying degrees of severity and, as a result, treatments range from minor bandaging to surgery. The tragedy of burn injuries is an unfortunate reality for countless people. Burns result from a wide variety of causes. However, some of the most common ways to experience a burn injury are chemical exposure, contact with heat, or electrocution. If you or someone you know has recently experienced a burn injury, it is crucial to contact a Louisiana burn injury lawyer as soon as possible. Give us a call at (888) 493-1629 today.

Types of Burn Injuries

  • Thermal Burns: A common burn caused by contact with flames, steam, hot liquids and metals.
  • Chemical Burns: These burns occur when living tissue is exposed to a destructive substance.
  • Flash Burns: Burns that result from being too close to an explosion.

Inhalation Injuries

Inhalation injuries are often experienced along with burn injuries. Smoke from thermal burns or vapors from chemical burns often cause this type of injury. An ailment such as this is significant as it can cause lasting damage to the respiratory system and eyes. It can also agitate preexisting conditions or illnesses.

The symptoms of inhalation injuries include:

  • Coughing up phlegm
  • Irritated sinuses
  • Pain or tightness in the chest
  • Runny nose
  • Scratchy, irritated throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Stinging in the eyes
  • Headaches

There are three ways that inhalation injuries usually occur: heat inhalation, systemic toxins, and smoke inhalation. Heat inhalation occurs when a victim inhales incredibly hot air. Damage to the upper airways and burns to the interior of the lungs are associated with this injury. As materials burn in a fire, systemic toxins are often released into the air. Those who are near a fire may experience confusion or loss of consciousness resulting from breathing in poisonous substances. Though less noticeable when compared to other injuries, smoke inhalation causes between 60 and 80% of fatalities during burns.

Degrees of Burn Injuries

Burns may have a different level of severity depending on the amount of exposure to the source of injury. As a result, it is important to distinguish to which of the four levels of a burn injury that the victim has experienced. Doing this helps to clearly define the amount of treatment an injury will or has required.

First-Degree Burns

Though these types of burns are less uncommon than their more serious counterparts, they can still be very painful. Generally, first degree burns result from quick contact with a hot item or from the friction caused by rubbing against a surface. When a first-degree burn occurs, running cool water over the area may assist with reducing pain. However, it is important to not use ice to cool a first degree burn. Steps to healing this type of burn injury include keeping the wound clean and covering it with a bandage with no adhesive contacting the wound.

Second-Degree Burns

Second-degree burns differ from first-degree burns as they extend past the first layer of skin. Notably, second-degree burns must be assessed more to decide if emergency care is needed. If a second-degree burn is large enough, it can require medical attention. As mentioned above, it is important to not give into the temptation of using ice on the wound. Additionally, do not pop any blisters and avoid using any topical treatments until the advice of a doctor is obtained. Keeping these open wounds clean is an essential part of the healing process.

Third-Degree & Fourth-Degree Burns

Once a burn is at a fourth-degree or third-degree level, the injury is regarded as being very severe. This level of injury extends through multiple layers of skin and can reach bone, muscle and may even cause nerve damage. As these types of burns are frequently associated with prolonged exposure to fire, smoke inhalation is not an uncommon occurrence with victims of these burn injuries. These injuries are incredibly serious and require immediate professional medical attention. Victims of this level of burn require intensive surgery for full recovery. Notably, please do not try and remove any clothing from the victim as this may make the wounds worse. If possible, elevate wounded areas assists to decrease blood pressure at the wound.

Third and fourth-degree burn symptoms include:

  • Charring
  • White coloration
  • Smooth, waxy appearance of skin
  • Brown discoloration
  • Conspicuous lack of blisters
  • Raised and leathery skin texture

More info on burn injuries may be found at Medlineplus.gov

Burn Injury Treatment

Burn victims should seek medical care immediately after an incident. Cooling the wound with water is a temporary solution and may assist in reducing the depth of a burn. A severe burn injury is a horrific event that no person should have to experience. Recovery from such a traumatic incident can be a long, costly, and complicated process. Victims of severe burns live the rest of their years dealing with the consequences of trauma and physical loss. However, modern medicine has increased the likelihood of successful recovery for many burn victims.

Skin Grafts

Modern skin graft procedures have increased the likelihood of burn victims living a less restricted lifestyle after recovery. Skin grafting is a process that takes skin from a healthy area and places it in an area that needs healing. This surgical procedure offers a chance of recovery for burn injuries that, in the past, were too severe to heal on their own.

Types of skin grafts include:

  • Split-thickness grafts
  • Full-thickness grafts
  • Pinch grafts
  • Pedicle grafts

Each day, industrial workers face the risk of being severely burned while on the job. More Americans die or are injured in the industrial world than any in any other country. This startling fact shows how alarmingly relaxed supervisors and corporate executives are towards the well-being of their own employees. Compared to residential fires, explosions at factories and industrial plants pose a greater risk because hazardous chemicals and materials are available as fuel sources. We help victims of industrial accidents in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and nationwide.

Our Louisiana Burn Injury Lawyers Are Prepared to Fight for You

At Arnold & Itkin, our clients have secured billions of dollars thanks to our resources and investigations. When a mother of two needed help after losing mobility below the neck, we were there to make sure she received the single largest personal injury settlement in Louisiana history. Since then, nothing has changed—our Louisiana burn injury lawyers fight for maximum compensation in every case.

Absolutely no one should be forced to suffer due to the carelessness of others. Our firm understands the hardships that those who have burn injuries experience, including lost wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. Whether you were injured on the job or in a car accident, we have the experience that delivers results.

Contact us online or call (888) 493-1629 today to see how we can help. If we take your case, you only pay if you win.

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