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 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
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.
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 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:
- White coloration
- Smooth, waxy appearance of skin
- Brown discoloration
- Conspicuous lack of blisters
- Raised and leathery skin texture
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.
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.
Who Can Be Held Accountable for a Burn Injury?
Nearly any individual or company may be held legally accountable, or liable, for a burn injury. Cases of this kind typically involve negligence and are filed as personal injury lawsuits against the defendant/s in civil court.
The following are examples of parties that could be held accountable for a burn injury:
- The manufacturer of a defective or dangerous product.
- An employer for failing to maintain a safe worksite.
- A pipeline operator for failing to repair or replace aging gas lines.
- The owner of an apartment building for negligent fire safety practices.
- A trucking company for failing to properly maintain a tanker truck or hazmat truck.
This type of lawsuit allows a burn survivor the chance to recover financial compensation for what they have endured and will face in the future. A settlement or award may cover all medical treatment, reconstructive or plastic surgery, ongoing care, lost earnings, loss of future wages, emotional trauma, and pain and suffering. Although holding at-fault parties accountable cannot erase the pain and suffering you’ve already experienced, it can bring peace of mind and a better quality of life by having the treatment and support you need. That’s our ultimate goal as Louisiana burn injury attorneys: to help improve our clients’ lives.
About Baton Rouge
Located in southern Louisiana on the Mississippi River, Baton Rouge is the seat of East Baton Rouge Parish and the capital of Louisiana. Baton Rouge has a strong and diverse economy supported by the petrochemical industry, manufacturing, shipping, medical research, and, as of the early 2000s, the film industry. As of 2021, the population of Baton Rouge was 222,185.
In addition to being home to one of the largest oil refineries in the country, the ExxonMobil Baton Rouge Refinery complex, Baton Rouge is the chosen location for the headquarters of such companies as Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, BBQGuys, Piccadilly Restaurants, and Mariucci Sports. The Port of Greater Baton Rouge is one of the largest in the United States. It is the furthest upstream port on the Mississippi River capable of accepting Panamax ships, which are ocean-going vessels meeting size limits for traveling through the Panama Canal. Louisiana State University, which employs approximately 1,300 full-time faculty members and has more than 30,000 students, is also located in Baton Rouge.
A number of medical campuses, including research hospitals, can be found in Baton Rouge. This includes Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, which is affiliated with St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, Ochsner Medical Center, Baton Rouge General Medical Center – Bluebonnet, and Baton Rouge General Medical Center – Mid-City. Southeastern Louisiana University and Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University also both have nursing schools in the Baton Rouge medical district. The LSU Pennington Biomedical Research Center is another important medical research center in the area.
Some of Baton Rouge’s most famous attractions are the USS Kidd, a destroyer turned into a museum and a National Historic Landmark, the Louisiana State Capitol, Louisiana’s Old State Capitol, which was built in 1848 and is now a museum with traditional and interactive exhibits, and Downtown Baton Rouge, which features historic neighborhoods, restaurants, nightclubs, and museums.
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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.
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