According to the , published by the American Burn Association, of more than two-hundred thousand burn cases which led to a hospital visit, more than 6,000 resulted in death. When a person is injured as a result of heat, radiation, electricity, or chemicals, whether the damage is to the skin or internal organs, their injury is defined as a burn.
Burns are classified in order of severity, starting with minor first-degree burns, up to severe, and often life-threatening third-degree burns. A first-degree burn is defined as having minor tissue damage only to the outer layer of skin. These burns are painful, resulting in reddish, dry skin with minor swelling.
Second-degree burns are more serious, and these happen when the burn causes damage to the first two layers of skin. These burns will result in blisters, leaving skin red, moist, and swollen. When they heal, little or no scarring will appear.
Third-degree burns are very serious. These burns go beyond the skin and result in damage to fat, muscle, and bone tissue. The skin will be charred and leathery, often having a depressed appearance. Pain from third-degree burns may be minimal, not due to lack of severity, but because nerves are often destroyed. Over time, however, these burns cause severe pain and recovery can be an excruciating process.
The first two types of burns, first- and second-degree, are typically not too serious. Many of them are treated at home and never make it as far as the hospital.
However, due to the adverse effects of tissue damage, in the case of third-degree burns, victims should immediately seek medical treatment. These burns are considered major injuries when they cover more than 10% of a child’s or more than 15% to 20% of an adult’s body. When this sort of severe skin damage occurs, extensive reconstructive surgery, skin grafting, and extended periods of hospitalization and recovery are common.
Common Causes of Burn Injuries in New Port Richey
Burn injuries are common in workplace accidents, such as explosions or fire, car accidents that result in fuel-fed blazes, and incidents due to defective products. Chemical, electrical, radiation, and heat burns happen on a regular basis in all of these circumstances.
Chemical burns happen when caustic materials, solvents, or acids come into contact with the skin. If these chemicals react and cause a release of harmful gasses, vapor chemical burns can damage mucous tissue, or even burn the eyes.
Electrical burns are a common hazard when working around power lines, batteries, or even wiring within the home. These burns can be particularly dangerous as they can occur under the skin, affecting the internal organs.
Thermal burns result when heat from steam, hot gasses, liquids, or high-temperature materials contacts the skin. Heat is a type of radiation, but radiation burns are typical from overuse of defective radioactive medical machines.
E-cigarettes are common causes of burn injuries. These devices use an electrically resistant material to heat and vaporize liquid which is then inhaled, the same as a tobacco cigarette. When the user depresses a button, or simply inhales, in some cases, the electrical power for these devices is usually supplied by rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, which then heat a filament that gives off heat.
There is little to no regulation for e-cigarettes, and very little monitoring of the side effects from using them. Whether they cause cancer or other health-related side-effects, is not fully known. What is known is that, when they fail, e-cigarettes can cause various types of burns, usually because of the batteries.
Lithium ion batteries are prolific. They are used in everyday devices, like cell phones, laptops, and tablets. The difference between those in common high-value devices and those found in e-cigarettes is the degree of manufacturing tolerances allowed for. The batteries found in e-cigarettes are typically poorly designed and tested, making them subject to an explosion when they malfunction.
In another incident, when her e-cigarette exploded. When she ran to tell her neighbors about the incident, her car caught on fire. She suffered injuries to her face, including a gash in her lower lip and missing teeth.
Health Conditions from Burn Injuries
After a burn incident, a person can suffer from a range of complications. Severe skin and tissue damage results in skin grafts, and often leads to extensive scarring and disfigurement, requiring constructive surgery.
When nerves and deep tissue are affected, a person can lose sensation. If a limb is badly damaged it may have to be amputated. Even more, complications can occur when the internal organs are damaged.
A particularly high risk which is commonly overlooked is an infection. Burned tissue is very sensitive to infiltration by bacteria, which can lead to infection and even death as a result of septic shock. Even a seemingly minor burn to the hand can get infected and quickly harm the host.
New Port Richey Burn Injury Attorneys
After the many physical and mental challenges associated with a severe burn injury, the costs for treatment add another layer of pressure. When medical bills, costs for rehabilitation and treatment, medications, surgeries and therapy begin coming in, costs pile up fast.
For these reasons, it is important that burn injury victims consult with a burn injury lawyer that has experience with these kinds of injuries. At the Dolman Law Group, our experienced burn injury attorneys will investigate your claim and then fight to obtain all of the compensation that you are entitled to receive. Please call the Dolman Law Group today at 727-853-6275.
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