New York City Burn Injuries Attorney
Seeking Compensation for Clients in the Bronx, Queens & Brooklyn
Burn wounds can be some of the most painful and devastating types of catastrophic injury. A burn is damage to your body’s tissues and can be caused by heat, chemicals, sunlight, electricity, or radiation. The most common causes of burns are hot liquids and steam, building fires, and flammable liquids and gases. These injuries can be excruciating because severe burns can cause some damage to the nerves without destroying them completely, which constantly send pain signals to the brain in response.
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Types of Burns
Doctors categorize burns into three categories. The least severe type of injury is a first-degree burn. These only affect the outermost layer of skin and can be caused by sunburns, scalds, and electricity. While they are the least serious, they can result in skin redness, mild pain and swelling, and skin peeling. Some of them can be large and painful, however, and may require a trip to the doctor, especially if they are electrical burns. Electrical burns can affect more of the skin than you can see, so seeing a physician is of particular importance.
A second-degree burn affects the outer layer of skin and the layer just underneath. These are more serious because more than just a superficial layer of skin is damaged. This kind of burn can cause the skin to blister and become extremely red and sore. These wounds are also prone to infection, so they need to be kept clean and bandaged properly. The more severe the blisters are, the longer they will take to heal. However, these burns usually heal within two to three weeks but can often cause pigment changes to the skin. Occasionally, the injury is severe enough to require skin grafting, which is removing healthy skin from another area of the body to place over the site of the burned skin.
Third-degree burns are the second-most severe. They destroy or damage the deepest layer of skin. People mistake this type of damage for the most painful; however, with third-degree burns, the damage can be so extensive the nerves have completely died, which means there’s no pain or sensation at all in the burned area. These injuries typically heal with severe scarring and contracture (hardening of muscles, tendons, or other tissues) if no surgery is involved. With surgery, however, there is more chance your skin can recover with less scarring. Third-degree burns also come with increased risk for complications, such as blood loss, infections, and shock. These burns can allow bacteria to enter through the broken skin, which could result in sepsis or tetanus. Hypothermia and hypovolemia are also dangers with these types of burns because the skin isn’t preventing the body from losing heat and the burn could cause too much blood loss.
Fourth-degree burns are the worst types because they extend through the entire skin and into underlying fat, muscle, and bone. The skin will be so severely damaged it will look black and charred with eschar (dead tissue). The wound will be painless because the nerves have been destroyed. However, there is no treatment for this type of burn. It will require excision or amputation to remove the affected area from the rest of the body. These burns can also be so severe they cause death.
The outlook for first- and second-degree burns is usually good when the burn is adequately and quickly treated. The wounds rarely scar but can result in pigment change where the injury occurred. Third- and fourth-degree burns, however, can lead to problems in organs, bones, and deep skin tissues. Severe burns can result in the following:
- Physical therapy
- Lifelong assisted care
Severe burns can also have a serious effect on the psychological wellbeing of the person who experienced them. Physical injuries and the medical treatments used to care for burns can be extremely traumatizing, as can a person’s sense of self-worth if they find their scarring to be unattractive. Not only can it affect a person’s sense of self-esteem, but the accident and resulting burns could cause post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in some individuals.
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If your burns were caused by the actions of a negligent or careless person, you deserve compensation. Catastrophic injuries can be costly as they often require extensive medical care, rehabilitation, and lost wages. If your burns or scarring prevent you from working a regular job, you could also be reliant on disability payments for the rest of your life. Our skilled New York City burn injury attorneys can help. The lawyers at Koenigsberg & Associates Law Offices have more than twenty years of legal experience to offer your case. Our goal is to help the victims of personal injury get the maximum compensation they need to manage their finances and move on with their lives. Let us see what we can do for you and your case.