Ocala Burn Injury Attorneys
Burns can be painful. Even the smallest burns may require significant treatment. Larger burns can be especially horrific, causing severe physical and emotional pain, not to mention disfigurement. The financial damage can be significant. If your burn was caused by someone else’s negligence, you need legal help right away. Don’t delay. Contact an Ocala burn injuries attorney today.
Types of Burn Injuries
Burns can be categorized by how they occur. There are four types:
- Thermal burns. These burns are the most common. They actually cause fire and are caused by exposure to heat or flame. While burns to the body are the most common injury, many victims can also suffer lung damage due to smoke inhalation. Most injuries are work-related, although these fires often happen at home as well.
- Electrical burns. These burns occur when a person suffers electrical shock, often due to faulty wiring. They can cause significant damage to the skin, depending on current voltage and how long the victim is in contact with it.
- Scalding burns. These burns are caused by boiling water or steam. While most of these burns are caused by water at high temperatures, burns by steam can be more severe because the temperature is actually higher. While many scalding burns are work-related, children are also commonly victims.
- Chemical burns. While people can be exposed to chemicals in the home (such as cleaners and fertilizers), most chemical burns occur in the workplace. The most common chemicals workers are exposed to are acids, lye, corrosives, and gasoline. Because chemicals can be airborne, people can suffer burns and injuries to the eyes, nose, and mouth as well.
Burns are also measured in degrees:
- First-degree burns. These are the most minor burns, in which only the top layer of skin is damaged. These burns cause redness and inflammation and can be treated with aloe vera gel and cool water. They tend to heal within a week.
- Second-degree burns. These burns are a bit more intense, with the damage going beyond the top layer of skin. They cause red, blistered skin and need to be properly bandaged. These burns can take several weeks to heal.
- Third-degree burns. These are the most serious burns. The damage goes through not only the skin, but can affect bones or organs as well. The wound caused by the burn may look black or white and charred. Third-degree burns require emergency medical treatment, as they can cause nerve damage, hypothermia, and even death.
Contact an Ocala Burn Injuries Attorney Today
Burns can affect a person for life. They can lead to infection, scarring, and disfigurement. They may require skin grafts, surgeries, and other treatment. They can also cause psychological damages.
Dealing with burns can be expensive. Get the help you need from the personal injury attorneys at Meldon Law. If your burn injuries were caused by another person’s negligent, reckless, or willful conduct, we can help you fight for the compensation you deserve. Schedule a consultation with an Ocala burn injuries attorney by calling (800) 373-3000.