Burns are one of the most severe injuries you can sustain in an accident. According to the American Burn Association (ABA), burns claim the lives of over 3,000 people every year and are responsible for countless other long-term and life-altering consequences. When your burn injury is the result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to seek compensation well beyond the offerings of insurance companies. The best way to determine if you have cause to file suit is through a one-on-one consultation with the personal injury attorneys at the new Hampshire Law Offices of Van Dorn, Curtiss & Rousseau.
If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed by a burn injury in Vermont or New Hampshire, please contact the Law Offices of Van Dorn, Curtiss & Rousseau online or call our Orford office at (866) 933-6115 today to schedule a free consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys.
Causes of Burn Injury
The ABA reports that 40,000 hospitalizations occur every year due to burn injury. Of these 44 percent are caused by fire and 69 percent occur at home. Some of these injuries are caused by issues such as defective products and many of them affect children.
Other causes of burn injury include:
- Automobile accidents
- Dangerous premises
- Workplace accidents
- Chemical exposure
No matter what the cause of your burn injury, you may be faced with a long road to recovery. Many burns result in disfigurement which requires reconstructive surgery, but severe burns can also damage muscle and bone, resulting in a complete loss of function. These more severe burns demand the attention of an experienced and dedicated team of burn injury attorneys.
Degrees of Burns
First-degree burns are the most common. These minor injuries may be marked by red or swollen skin and slight discomfort, but typically do not necessitate medical care and do not qualify for legal action. Likewise, second-degree burns – marked by blisters and some changes to skin thickness – do not typically demand legal action. However, when these injuries are sustained along with other, more serious injury, they may be considered in the building of your case.
You will want to call our New Hampshire burin injury lawyers if you sustain a third of fourth--degree burn. These types of burns extend through the dermis to affect tissue, muscle, and even bone and will result in some amount of disfigurement along with loss of function and potentially fatal complications. When a serious burn occurs in an accident, even if you believe that accident was partially your fault, you may be able to receive significant compensation for both economic and noneconomic damages. Our Vermont burn injury attorneys can discuss this with you in greater detail during your free initial consultation.
Treating Burn Injuries
Treating a burn injury depends both on its cause and its degree. When serious, both emergency and on-going treatment may be necessary.
To treat a chemical burn: remove the cause of the burn by flushing the chemicals off the skin with cool water, remove clothing or jewelry, apply a cool wet cloth to relieve pain, and wrap the burned area loosely with a dry, sterile dressing. However, if the burn victim is in any pain or you are unsure of the severity of the chemical burn please SEE A PHYSICIAN.
It is especially important to see a doctor if the injured person is showing signs of shock, if the burn covers more than three inches, is on the eye, hands, feet, face, groin, buttocks or over a joint.
If you have any questions about the toxicity of the chemical call the poison control center at (800) 222-1222.
An electrical burn can seem minor but damage can be extensive. Internal injuries such as heart rhythm disturbances, even cardiac arrest, can occur. It is important to call 911 and get immediate assistance if the person is in any pain, is confused or is experiencing changes in his breathing, heartbeat or consciousness.
To help a victim of an electrical burn you can:
- Look first. Don't touch. The victim may still be in contact with the source. If you touch the person you may be electrocuted.
- Turn off the power source. If you can't turn it off then move the source away from you and the victim with a dry nonconducting item such as cardboard, plastic or wood
- Check for signs of circulation. Check for breathing, coughing or movement. If there are no signs begin CPR.
- Prevent shock. Lay the person down with the head slightly lower than the body and legs.
- Cover the affected areas. Cover any burned areas with a sterile gauze or clean cloth. DO NOT use a blanket or towel as it can stick to the burn.
Burns from Fire or Grease
To treat minor burns caused by fire or grease:
- Cool the burn. Hold the burned area under cold running water or submerse for at least five minutes.
- Cover the burn. Using a sterile gauze bandage wrap the wound loosely. Avoid putting pressure on the wound.
- Take an over-the-counter pain reliever. This includes aspirin (if an adult), ibuprofen, naproxen or acetaminophen.
If the burn is major, call 911 immediately.
Long term therapy, loss of wages and ongoing medical care is often necessary after serious burns. These expenses can quickly add up, leaving you without enough money to pay your medical bills. Victims of burn injuries deserve compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, adaptive technology, and personal pain and suffering. At the Law Offices of Van Dorn, Curtiss & Rousseau we do our best to get our clients maximum compensation for their injuries.
If you have been injured by a burn, please call our Orford office at (866) 933-6115 to schedule a free consultation with an experienced burn injury lawyer today. Though we are located in Orford, NH we take cases from across New England to include Berlin, Manchester, Nashua and Concord.