BURN INJURIES

If you were burned because of the negligence or carelessness of another, Fiumara & Milligan Law, PC will fight for you so that you may recover compensation for all of your medical expenses as well as emotional pain and suffering. Fiumara & Milligan Law, PC Burn Injury Attorneys represent burn victims so that they will recover maximum financial compensation for their injuries.

Burn Injuries: Causes, Degrees, and Treatment

1. Chemical Burns: Chemical burns are most common in work-related accidents and injure employees more often in an industrial and manufacturing setting. The most harmful chemicals have the ability to burn skin on the surface as well as in the air burning the victim’s lungs and causing asphyxiation and even death. Even some household cleaning chemicals can cause burns if the directions are not followed or if caution is not taken.

2. Scalding Liquids: This is the most common type of burn in the United States. Hot liquids and steam come in various forms—from showers, hot beverages, boiling or hot cooking oil, and any other kind of vapor which can cause serious burn injuries qualifies under scalding liquids.

3. Heat/Flame: Open flames or any other type of heat source such as a stove, a radiator or steam iron are common causes of burn injuries in the United States. Some of these occur in industrial settings and others occur in residential or recreational settings.

4. Electrical: Electrical current burns can be caused by faulty wiring, lighting, electrical outlets, fuse box, live wires that may have fallen after a storm, and defective products placed on the market or those who have been modified. Electrical burns are classified by voltage.

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Burns are classified as First, Second or Third-Degree

First-Degree Burns-These are the least severe or serious of the three categories of burn injuries. They can also be referred to as a superficial burn because the damage only affects the epidermis. The victim’s skin will appear red, but usually will not blister. First-degree burns are expected to heal within ten days. Not everyone’s skin pigment is the same, so there is variation.

Second-Degree Burns-These types of burns are considered moderate to severe depending on whether they extend into the superficial dermis only or do they extend all the way to the reticular dermis. In these cases, the skin will appear blistered and either red, yellow or white. Healing takes much longer than first-degree burns, anywhere from two to eight weeks to heal.

Third-Degree Burns-These are most severe types of burns, extending through the entire dermis (the deepest layer of the skin) and the tissue underneath. Third-degree burns cause the skin to appear stiff and either white or brown in color. These burns often leave severe scarring and require skin grafts and other surgical procedures that can be expensive and painful.

Internal Burns-Some injured parties may suffer from first, second or third-degree internal burns from inhaling or digesting an extremely hot substance or chemical. These types of injuries often include damage to the lungs from smoke inhalation, or to the stomach tissue from ingesting harmful chemicals.

There are many different treatment options for burns. It depends on the type of burn, the degree of burn, and the person’s medical history. One of the most common treatment options for minor to moderate burns is antibiotics. These prevent burns from getting infected or they treat an already present infection.

However, for severe burns, usually third-degree burns, treatment will likely involve a synthetic or skin graft in addition to antibiotics, and other skin-conditioning preparations. These grafts can use either synthetic materials or the victim’s own skin tissue to cover and protect exposed tissue and promote loose skin growth. In addition, scarring will need to be addressed with subsequent treatments and possible plastic surgery.

Fiumara & Milligan Law, PC Will Help You

If you were involved in a vehicle accident or one with a truck or tanker that resulted in a fire or perhaps your landlord had the water heater set to a temperature that was far too high resulting in a scalding water injury then these are the types of cases that you should consult Fiumara & Milligan Law, PC personal injury attorneys at your earliest convenience since we are here for you.

Perhaps the local plant in your neighborhood has been spewing out harmful chemicals and/or other contaminants and you have developed a burn or skin condition, then feel free to contact us immediately. Please feel free to discuss your burn injury with Fiumara & Milligan Law, PC during a free consultation with any one of our attorneys at Fiumara & Milligan Law, PC today, 24/7. There is no obligation and the consultation is free.

Please contact us at 707-571-8600 in Santa Rosa or 415-492-4507 in San Rafael.

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Inhalation Injuries

Fires result in much more than just the devastation of a burn injury. These types of injuries can cause inhalation injuries to any person who is exposed to the smoke from the flames. There are three different types of inhalation injuries listed below:

  1. Damage from Smoke Inhalation: In the midst of a disastrous fire, oftentimes the major culprit is smoke inhalation. It is a silent perpetrator. Major smoke inhalation can cause a person like a firefighter to collapse and this individual is often untreated while the fire rages on since this injury remains unseen by the emergency responders. Emergency responders always attempt to treat a more noticeable and visible problem such as burns first. This type of oversight, unfortunately, has resulted in up to 80% of burn injury fatalities. According to the National Fire Protection Association, the majority of firefighters who are injured on the job suffer from some degree of smoke inhalation.
  2. Damage from Systematic Toxins: Toxic poisoning can result in permanent damage to the brain and other vital organs. In addition, a person’s ability to absorb oxygen can be adversely affected by the systematic inhalation of toxins. For these reasons, persons who are exposed to systematic toxins could suffer from confusion in regard to their surroundings, could become unconscious or could fall to their death. The symptoms of exposure to carbon monoxide, to the contrary, are impossible to identify until the victim has fallen into a coma and it can be too late. There are other systematic toxins that are invisible like the radon that emanates from the ground into the basements of some homes. Then there are other radioactive materials that are unseen by the eye but whose effect can cause devastating injuries and even death.
  3. Damage from Heat Inhalation: Breathing hot air from a flame source directly into the lungs can cause them to be burned. The same is true of individuals who inhale the heat from a force that is caused by high pressure. Most of the time, only the upper airways will be affected by thermal heat inhalation. However, there are circumstances in which the secondary airways can be affected. For example, the inhalation of steam has a greater thermal capacity than dry air thereby bypassing the trachea which normally shields the lungs from dry air.

Contact Fiumara & Milligan Law, PC Burn Injury Attorneys

It is clear from the above that burn injury cases can be complex and serious. Knowing which treatment would be most effective for the victim can be confusing and fraught with insurance red tape.

A burn injury demands the assistance of our experienced team of California personal injury attorneys at Fiumara & Milligan Law, PC. We will listen to you, learn about your symptoms, and discuss all of your legal options. We work on a winning strategy that will put you back to where you were prior to this unfortunate injury.

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Please allow our experienced team of personal injury attorneys at Fiumara & Milligan Law, PC handle the insurance companies who are not your friends so that you may receive the compensation you deserve. Please contact us at 707-571-8600 or 415-492-4507, 24/7.

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