Choosing the Right Burn Injuries Attorney in Florida

Estimates of 450,000 Americans receive hospital and emergency room treatment for burn injuries every year. However, these statistics don’t take into account the burn injuries treated in private medical offices, hospital clinics, or community health centers across the country.

More than 44% of all admissions to burn centers result from fire or flame burns while 33% of them are a consequence of scalding injuries caused by wet or moist heat. Direct contact with a hot source, Electrical burns, and chemical burns account for 9%, 4%, and 3% respectively for all burn injuries in the U.S. The remaining 7% are a result from miscellaneous sources.

If you or a loved one has suffered a burn injury through no fault of their own, they may be entitled to a compensation for the damages caused. Our lawyers have an outstanding track record of dealing with burn injury cases and will do everything in their power to get you the reimbursement you deserve.

Burn Injuries In Children

Every parent tries to teach their children not to play with fire, but fire accidents do occur. They can be caused by various things such as fireplaces, electrical appliances, cigarettes, candles, and any other flammable source. Here are some recent statistics on burn injuries in children:

  • The most common burn injury in children under 4 years is scalding – 200,000 burn injuries per year
  • 50% of the scalds are from spilled food or drinks, while the remaining 50% come primarily from hot tap water or hot objects like stoves, iron, and heaters.
  • Yearly, around 250,000 children under 17 require medical attention for treatment of burn injuries
  • 15,000 of the above 250,000 actually get hospitalized for more serious treatment
  • The children deaths caused by burn injuries are around 1,100 yearly

If you wish to protect your children better, search for some burn injuries PPT presentation online and take notes. You can also look at some burn injuries pictures to become aware of different degrees of burns and the actions you have to take with each of them.

Burn Injuries Symptoms

There are 4 degrees of burn injuries and here is a little more about each one’s symptoms:

  • 1st degree burn – This is a minor burn injury that affects only the outer layer of the skin and causes redness and pain that can be usually treated with first aid measures within several days.
  • 2nd degree burn – These burns affect both the epidermis and the second layer of skin and cause redness, pain and swelling. These burn injuries often look wet or moist and can develop blisters.
  • 3rd degree burn – These burn injuries reach into the fat layer below the dermis and make the skin appear stiff and leathery, and can also destroy nerves which causes numbness.
  • 4th degree burn – This is the most severe burn injury that affects muscle and bones. It looks blackened and charred and because significant nerve damage is usually caused, the victim might feel no pain at all.

Burn Injuries First Aid

First aid is extremely important for burn injuries. The first and most important step is to stop the burning or get away from the heat source to prevent a more severe burn injury:

  • In the case of heat burns, smother any flames by covering them with blanket or watering them. If your clothes are on fire, don’t panic and run around, but rather, drop on the floor and roll.
  • In the case of cold temperature burns, try to warm the areas by blowing air to them tucking them inside your clothing or putting them in warm water.
  • Run cool tap water over the burn injury for 10 to 20 minutes in the case of liquid scald burns.
  • In case of chemical burns, find out what chemical caused the burn injury and call a local poison control center for more information on how to treat the burn.
  • Immediately run cold water over the hot tar or hot plastic to cool the tar or plastic in case of such burns.

After that, you have to look for other injuries, because the burn might not be the only one. Remove any clothing or jewelry on the site of the burn except in the cases where clothing is stuck to the burn. In that situation, simply cut around the stuck fabric to remove loose one. Finally, seek medical attention after covering the burn injury with a clean and dry cloth to reduce the risk of infection and do not put any salve or medicine on the burned area so the doctor can properly asses the burin injury.

The Right Burn Injury Lawyer

If you or a loved one suffered a burn injury whether severe or not, contact our Florida burn injury attorneys immediately. The statute of limitations in Florida limits the time that a burn injury victim has to fire a claim, so do not hesitate to get in touch. With our experienced burn injury lawyers, you can be sure that you will be making the right choice.

Fenstersheib Law Group, P.A.

The Lawyers at Fenstersheib Law Group, P.A. provide
personalized legal representation for personal injury cases.

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