Philadelphia Burn Injury Attorney
According to the US Fire Administration , more than one million Americans suffer burn injuries each year in the United States. Painful, life-threatening, scarring and sometimes disabling, severe burn injuries are catastrophic in multiple facets. There is so much for a burn victim to understand, so calling a Philadelphia burn injury attorney is highly recommended. The skin isn’t just a pretty covering; it’s also the body’s largest organ, regulating temperature and keeping out infections. When more than a small percentage of the skin is damaged by a burn, it can’t do those jobs — and the victim is in danger. That’s why Philadelphia hospitals have specialized burn units, where burn injury victims can get the specialized care they need. If you are suffering from serious burn injuries after an accident and want to hold the guilty party responsible, contact our Philadelphia burn injury attorneys at Rosenbaum & Associates.
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- No Fees Unless We Win
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- Our Philadelphia Burn Injury lawyers are prepared to take your case to trial
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Causes of Burn Injury Lawsuits
Unfortunately, other people’s carelessness is behind some of the most common causes of burns. Severe burn injuries can come from car, truck and motorcycle accidents; defective electrical wiring in homes or appliances; explosions of hot water heaters and other defective products; serious workplace accidents; and human errors with smoking and cooking. When these and other forms of negligence cause life-altering burn accidents, victims should contact a Philadelphia burn injury attorney right away to discuss their rights and options. Rosenbaum & Associates has extensive experience with a wide variety of personal injuries, including the complicated legal and medical issues that underlie burn injuries. Contact a Philadelphia personal injury attorney today.
What Are The Different Severities of Burns?
Burns are measured by severity in first, second or third degree burn types. The level of burn will mandate the treatment options that can help remedy the injuries sustained from the burn. If you suffer a second or third degree burn, seek professional medical treatment as soon as possible
The different degrees of burn are:
First Degree Burns
First degree burns are the least severe burn type. Many sunburns that people are exposed to are a result of first degree burns. The outer layer of the skin, known as the epidermis, is damaged and the skin may peel back after damage has occurred.
To protect yourself from first degree burns, ensure that you use sunscreen with an adequate SPF to protect your skin from burns, premature aging and in severe cases skin cancer. If you have suffered a first degree burn, moisturize the area with Aloe Vera and hydrating lotion.
Second Degree Burns
Second degree burns penetrate through the outer layer of the skin two the layer beneath the epidermis, called the dermis. Second degree burns may result in a skin grafts to help repair the skin.
Third Degree Burns
Third degree burns are the most severe type of burn injury. Burns of this magnitude result in the epidermis, dermis and the hair follicles being damaged. Other glands under the layer of skin, including sweat, can likely be damaged from a third degree burn. Skin grafts are required to treat third degree burns.
If you believe you have suffered a second or third degree burn, seek professional medical treatment as soon as possible.
What Are Different Types of Burn Injuries?
Not all burns are alike in how they occur, the damage caused and the severity of the injury. There are several different types of burn injuries that can injure individuals that are exposed to different elements and materials. Some of the different types of burn injuries include:
Thermal burns occur when an individual comes into close contact with something that is hot. Thermal burns typically result from close contact with
- Hot objects including cooking utensils
- Open flames
- Scalding hot objects or steam
Dependent on the severity of the thermal burn (1st, 2nd or 3rd degree) the injuries, damage and medical options to skin tissue will vary drastically.
Electrical burns occur when a body or body part comes into contact with a current that possesses electricity. If an individual has ever suffered a shock from touching an electrical wire or outlet, that individual may have also suffered an electric burn.
While some electric burns can result in a shock, more severe electricity injuries can result in serious injury and in extreme cases death.
Friction burns, colloquially known as rug burns, occur when the skin slides or rubs against a surface that results in minor skin damage. Generally speaking, friction burns will resolve themselves on their own within a few days to a week.
Chemical burns are caused by chemicals and caustic substances. Certain household chemicals can cause extreme irritation and cause damage to the skin. Some of the common causes for chemical burns in a household include:
- Harsh Household Cleaners
If you believe that you have a chemical burn, immediately flush the impacted area with cool water for at least ten minutes. If these chemicals have entered your eyes, flush the eyes under running water for at least twenty minutes and seek immediate medical treatment.
Individuals going through chemo and radiation therapy may be exposed to radiation burns from the treatments. If an individual has gone through chemo treatment, or work in an environment that is exposed to high levels of radiation, you may have suffered a burn or a wound caused from radiation. These wounds can appear and feel like burns and should be treated by medical professionals.
Contact a Philadelphia Burn Injury Attorney
At Rosenbaum & Associates, we offer free consultations, so potential clients can ask us about the strength and value of their cases with no further obligation or charge. You are always welcome to contact us online or call our Philadelphia office at (215) 569-0200.