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BURNS CAN CREATE HORRIFIC INJURIES, PAIN AND DISFIGUREMENT, AND, IN SEVERE CASES, THESE INJURIES CAN KILL.

The skin is the body’s largest organ‚ and it can be severely compromised by burns, resulting in pain‚ swelling‚ redness‚ blistering‚ scarring‚ infection‚ and possibly death. The American Burn Association reports that about 1.1 million burn injuries require medical attention each year; 45,000 of those injuries require hospitalization; and approximately 4,500 of these people die every year.

Those who recover from severe burn injuries are faced with high medical bills‚ loss of income‚ long-term pain and suffering‚ disfigurement, and changes to lifestyle and well-being.

Burn injuries are expensive to treat, not only because of hospitalization and doctor costs, but because they may require repeated care for reconstruction and rehabilitation, skin grafts, and therapy or counseling to cope with any disfigurement. If you or a loved one has suffered a burn injury from an accident due to someone’s negligence or because of product defects, you are entitled to compensation. The experienced Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys of Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann have spent decades honing their skills and successfully representing Pennsylvania families who have suffered an injury or loss. We offer a free consultation to examine your individual situation and to help you receive compensation for the long-standing expenses you will incur from burns.

Causes of Burn Injuries

Burns to the skin can be caused by fires‚ flammable liquids and gases‚ hot liquid or steam‚ or by chemicals, and are usually categorized into four main types:

  • Thermal burns – caused by contact with flames, steam, hot liquids, or other sources of intense heat
  • Light burns – caused by contact with sunlight or sources of ultraviolet light
  • Chemical burns – caused by contact with an acid or alkali
  • Radiation burns – caused by contact with nuclear radiation or ultraviolet light.

Common accidents that cause burns are car accidents, house or workplace fires and explosions, and defective products. The most common causes of serious burn injuries are flames and scalding.

Types of Burn Injuries

Burns are categorized into three categories‚ according to their severity:

  • First-degree burns damage only the outer layer of skin. The result is usually reddened skin that heals in about a week.
  • Second-degree burns damage the first two layers of skin.  These burns are characterized by deep reddening of the skin,  pain,  blisters, glossy appearance from leaking fluid, and possible loss of some skin.
  • Third-degree burns involve damage to all of the layers of skin‚ plus the tissues below the surface of the skin. This level of burn is serious‚ and may include complications such as infection and death. This type of burn produces a white or black dry wound, followed by permanent scarring.

Treatments for Burn Injury

A burn covering 30 percent of the body can cost as much as $200,000 in initial hospitalization costs and physician fees, and more extensive burns add costs for reconstruction and rehabilitation. Generally, older adults and children will need to be hospitalized for second degree burns that cover more than 15% of their total body surface

Fortunately, there have been medical advances in resuscitation practices, wound cleaning and follow-up care, nutritional support, grafting techniques and materials, and infection control, and these have greatly increased survivability.  But survival often necessitates long-term follow-up care.

Treatment for burn injuries includes:

  • Skin grafts – removing skin from one area of the body and transferring it to the burned area. Grafts from skin banks are sometimes used temporarily to cover and to protect against infection, reduce pain, reduce fluid loss, and allow the tissues underneath to heal.
  • Dermabrasion or dermaplaning – can smooth scars by resurfacing the skin’s top layers through surgical scraping
  • Skin substitutes, or cultured skin – involve growing a patient’s skin in the laboratory, and expanding it to help cover the injury.
  • Medication – varies depending on the severity and location of the burn. Medications differ for thermal, electrical and chemical burns, as electrical burns need hydration while thermal burns need analgesics and topical antibiotics. Chemical burns are often treated with topical antibiotics, calcium and magnesium salts. Larger and deeper second-degree burns may require narcotic pain medication.
  • Reconstructive surgery
  • Rehabilitation of affected parts and physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Emotional counseling – for dealing with the pain, disfigurement, and change in life style.

Burn injuries to eyelids, hands, feet, and groin may require assisted living arrangements until the injury begins to heal. Also, burn injuries may worsen several conditions, including diabetes, kidney failure, congestive heart failure, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Because treatment is so expensive and may go for long periods of time, burn injury victims should seek legal counsel to determine if they are entitled to compensation to cover medical and treatment costs, plus pain and suffering.

Contact us For a Free Legal Consultation Now

inner-content-img1If you or a loved one has suffered burns from an accident that was not your fault, the experienced Williamsport burn injury attorneys of Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann can help you get the compensation you deserve. If someone has suffered a wrongful death as a result of a burn injury, we can help family members seek compensation for the loss of love, comfort, companionship and financial support.

We offer personal attention and loyalty to every client, aggressively fighting for their rights whether in settlement negotiations or pursuing a favorable trial verdict. With our sizeable staff, we provide strength in numbers and top-notch personal service to answer questions, gather evidence, handle your paperwork and medical bills, and deal with insurance companies.  Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann will invest all our resources to build a persuasive case on your behalf.

Do not delay. If you or your loved one has been involved in a burn injury, your next step should be to consult Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann by calling 800-326-9259 or by using our online contact form. Based in Williamsport, we serve clients throughout the state of Pennsylvania, offering a free consultation on all injury matters. More than that, we offer you experience, knowledge, compassion, and a long history of results.