While most everyone will accidentally touch a hot pan or grease droplets, these burns are something you can treat at home. However, much more severe burn injuries can occur that require much more intense medical treatment. Unfortunately, many of these injuries can result from another party’s negligence. Though you may think your burn is not a big deal, ensuring you receive financial compensation for your injuries is crucial. Keep reading to learn more about treatment and how a San Angelo, Texas burn injuries lawyer can help you obtain the justice you are entitled to.
What Are the Different Kinds of Burn Injuries?
Though many may think all burns are the same, this is far from the truth. There are various ways to sustain a burn, each with unique complications and treatment.
The most common type of burn is thermal, which occurs when the skin comes into contact with hot surfaces, water, flames, or other substances. Next, is a chemical burn. These are also common, as they occur when the skin comes into contact with harsh chemicals, which can cause damage.
The following two burns are less typical but still occur and result in significant injuries. Radiation burns are one of the main kinds, and aren’t necessarily only a side effect of laying out in the sun too long; you can also sustain this burn after enduring radiation therapy. The final kind of burn is electrical, which occurs when the skin comes into contact with electricity. Not only can this damage your skin, but the currents can travel through your body, damaging your internal organs.
How are Burn Injuries Treated?
Due to the various ways someone can sustain a burn injury, not all burns are treated the same.
For example, thermal burn injuries must be cleaned by debriding the affected area, which removes dead tissue, and you must begin medication to prevent infections. Electrical burns need to be evaluated more carefully, as doctors need to check for internal damage to ensure there is no organ injury.
Chemical burns need to be decontaminated, which is when a healthcare professional irrigates the area with water to dilute and remove the chemical from the skin. Radiation burns do not have standard treatment; reach out to your doctor to discuss treatment plans and follow their advice.
Do I Need to Contact an Attorney?
Though many assume burn injuries are a part of life, this is not true. In many instances, burns are entirely avoidable and the result of another person’s negligence. For example, if your employer does not take the necessary steps to remedy a hazard that leads to chemical burns, you may be eligible for financial compensation. Similarly, if you use a defective product and suffer electrical burns as a result, you should consider reaching out to an attorney.
Don’t suffer in silence. The Mathis Law Firm, PLLC is ready to represent you. We are dedicated to helping you get the justice you deserve for the injuries you’ve sustained at the hands of another person. Reach out today to discuss the details of your case.