What To Do if You Are a Burn Victim

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hundreds of thousands of Americans suffer burn injuries in accidents each year. The CDC also reports that approximately 300 children under the age of 19 visit emergency rooms every day in the United States due to burn injuries. Many of these burns are caused because someone else acted in a negligent manner and caused the accident to occur. If you or your child has suffered a burn injury because of another person’s negligence, you deserve to receive compensation for your injuries and necessary medical treatment. Do not hesitate to contact a Fayette County personal injury lawyer for assistance with a possible case.

There are three major categories of burns:

  • 1st degree—only the outer layer of the skin is damaged
  • 2nd degree—burn goes through the first layer of skin and causes some damage to the second layer
  • 3rd degree—burn affects all layers of skin and possibly muscle, fat, and bone may be damaged. This most serious type of burn usually causes permanent damage.

For serious burns, you should always call 911 for emergency medical care. While you wait for an emergency medical team to arrive, you should stay still and not try to remove burned clothing or immerse the burn in ice or cold water. Instead, simply try to raise the burned area above heart level and wait for assistance. When you get to the hospital, make sure you receive a tetanus shot as burns may be susceptible to tetanus infections.

Contact a Fayette County Personal Injury Attorney for a Free Consultation

Finally, after you have received the necessary medical treatment for your burn, you should always contact an experienced PI attorney to help you recover from your injuries and all accident-related losses. At Shane Smith Law, we take all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that you do not have to pay a cent unless you win your case. So you should not delay in calling (980) 246-2656 to schedule a free consultation and case evaluation today.

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