There many ways that the skin surfaces of the body can be burned: heat, steam, chemicals, sunlight, fire, and more. These injuries can be accidental or the result of another’s negligence.
However, if you have ever experienced even a minor burn from an oven or getting too close to a campfire, it is understandable that burns cause immediate extreme pain even from minor first or second-degree burns.
Burns are defined as injury or damage to the skin tissue as the result of heat, steam, fire, chemicals, sunlight, or electricity. Burns are then categorized into three different levels of severity:
- First-degree: the outer layer of skin is damaged
- Second-degree: the outer layer of skin and the layer of skin underneath is damaged
- Third-degree: all layers of the skin are damaged
While most 1st degree and 2nd-degree burns are incredibly painful and can leave behind scarring, individuals that are the victim of 3rd-degree burns experience potentially excruciatingly painful burns, painful recoveries, and may require skin grafts which are also painful and may potentially require plastic surgery as part of their recovery. In addition to the pain and recovery associated with 3rd-degree burns, victims are also at an increased risk of developing an infection due to exposed body tissues from the burns.
Burn Injury Statistics
- According to the American Burn Association, in 2013, almost half a million Americans sustained a burn injury that required medical treatment.
- 40,000 burn victims required hospitalization in 2013.
- 30,000 individuals with burn injuries required specialized treatment at a burn center.
- Almost 1 in 10 burn injuries were work-related.
- Approximately 70% of burn injuries happen in the home.
Burn victims do not just suffer for a short time, the effects can be life-long as a result of these injuries, which can include disfigurement and scarring. Even after the healing and recovery process, burn victims often cannot expose their skin to sunlight for an extended period of time and the risk of developing skin cancer can increase as well.
Burn injury accident procedures:
- Seek medical attention immediately or have someone help you to a medical facility
- Contact Wagner Reese for assistance with your personal injury case
- Do not agree to anything, or sign anything without the assistance of a lawyer
- Assemble anything pertinent to your case, such as names and contact information of possible witnesses or individuals relevant to your case, and keep all of your medical documentation
The Indianapolis burn injury lawyers of Wagner Reese have been helping victims since 1997, and handle all types of burn injury cases, no matter how serious the burn may be, and consult with medical experts to evaluate the needs of your situation and your future.
Wagner Reese will help you secure the compensation you deserve as a result of your burn injury. Call us at (888) 204-8440 today.