Burn Injuries and Your Legal Rights

By November 20, 2017Burn Injuries

Burns, which often affect children and the elderly the most, can have serious consequences. If a burn is due to negligence from another party, then you should seek legal help.

Burns can be very serious medical issues, and if you or a loved one has a second or third-degree burn, seek medical care as soon as possible.

While a first-degree burn is superficial, second and third-degree burns are more serious and require medical attention. A first-degree burn looks like mild sunburn, with pink or light red skin and some soreness. A second-degree burn is distinguished by bright red skin and will often blister. Third-degree burns may appear as open wounds or the skin may look charred or like leather.

Different Types of Burn Injuries

You can get burned in a variety of different ways. Here is an overview of various types of burns:

1. Heat Burns (Thermal and Scalding)

We usually associate the word “burn” with heat, but as you will see, burns can also occur through other means, such as electricity and chemicals.

A thermal burn is any burn that occurred from high heat. Scalds combine liquid with the high heat, such as with a burn from hot coffee. (You might recall the famous lawsuit against McDonald’s over a hot coffee spill in the 1990s.)

2. Electrical Burns

Electricity can cause serious burns, and the worst areas will be where the electricity entered and exited the body.

3. Chemical Burns

Industrial accidents are frequent causes of chemical burns. Acid, battery fluid, strong cleaning supplies, and more can cause severe injuries – not just to the skin but to the bones and internal organs.

4. Radiation Burns

Radiation burns aren’t just a rarity that happens at a nuclear power plant. Frequent sources of radiation burns include x-rays and cancer treatments that use radiation therapy.

A sunburn is technically a type of radiation burn – see next entry.

5. Sunburn

A “sunburn” can occur from too much exposure to UV radiation, even if it is not from the sun. For example, if you were a client of a tanning salon, and got a sunburn from defective equipment, you should contact your Lexington, SC Personal Injury Lawyer.

6. Smoke Inhalation

Hot smoke can burn the lungs when inhaled. If there is a burn injury to the lungs, it is a medical emergency and should be treated at a hospital as soon as possible.

If You Have Been Burned Due to Negligence, Contact Your Atlanta Burn Injury Lawyer

Here at Walker Morgan, we have extensive experience dealing with burn injuries in the Atlanta area. We can review your medical records and information to best assess how to present your case. We can help get you the financial compensation you deserve to help pay for medical bills and treatments. Contact us today.

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