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Burn Injury Lawyer
The statistics are sobering to say the least. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), nearly half a million fires in 2017 occurred in building structures, with 72 percent of those taking place in residential buildings. There were a total of 3,400 civilian fire deaths, with 77 percent of those deaths occurring in the home. At the Pascoe Law Firm, our burn injury attorney is especially sensitive to the needs of burn injury victims. We know that recovery is a long and painful process. We know that long after the skin heals over, the physical and emotional scars profoundly affect the quality of life for victims and their families.
Common Causes of Severe Burns
- Industrial explosion
- Chemical burn
- Car Accident Fire
- Electrical burn
- Scalding water or steam
- Oil rig and refinery explosion,
- Fire on ship,
- Natural gas leak
- skin rejuvenation treatments,
- Burns from mishaps with gasoline, fireworks, butane lighters, propane grills, or medical oxygen tanks.
Burns Are Categorized Into Degree of Severity
- 1st Degree Burn- these burns are characterized by damage to the top layer of the epidermis or skin. This is the outermost cover that you see when looking at your body. These are the least severe burn on the scale and can be caused from over exposure to the sun or hot water.
- 2nd Degree Burn- this is that goes past the outer layer of the skin and also damages the underlying layer. These can often be described as say that the burn has damaged both the first layer and then burned the layer underneath as well. Second degree burns often will have blisters, redness, and swelling. Many of these types of burns are caused by scalding water or liquid. These can be very painful injuries and cause scaring to occur.
- 3rd Degree Burn- Just as above, a third degree burn is a burn that has expanded past the above two layers. In a third degree burn the muscle is typically burned and will have an effect on the total skin and size of the arm. These severe burns can be caused by chemicals, open flames and fire, steam, or electricity. This category of burn will more than likely require specialized treatment from a burn center.Treatment of third degree burns is excruciating and endless, starting with painful Clorox baths to cleanse wounds and prevent infection and frequent application of gels to aid healing and keep skin supple. Burn victims commonly need round-the-clock pain medication and sedation because of the physical and mental agony. There may be multiple rounds of skin graft surgeries and grueling physical therapy, and some victims will require surgical amputation. Those who are burned on the face and head may suffer loss of vision, hearing or speech in addition to permanent disfigurement. Their fragile skin cannot endure heat or sunlight, and many stop going out in public anyway because of the reactions to their appearances.
- 4th Degree Burns — Most people haven’t heard of this type of burn and think that a third-degree burn is the worst that can happen. A fourth-degree burn is a burn that’s so bad it destroys the skin and damages the muscle and bone underneath. These burns are often fatal. If a person survives a fourth-degree burn, skin grafting will be necessary.
- 5th Degree Burns and 6th Degree Burns — These burns destroy skin, muscle, tendons, and ligaments — everything down to the bone — and are virtually always fatal.
Classification of Burns
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Burn Research, Statistics, & Treatment - Galveston County / League City
International Society for Burn Injuries
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U.S. Fire Problem
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