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The Effects of Second and Third Degree Burns
Burn injuries can have long-lasting and traumatic effects for victims and their families. The skilled burn injury attorneys at Cueria Law Firm can help you fight for the compensation you deserve if you have suffered a burn injury as a…
Burn injuries can have long-lasting and traumatic effects for victims and their families. The skilled burn injury attorneys at Cueria Law Firm can help you fight for the compensation you deserve if you have suffered a burn injury as a result of the negligence of another person or entity. If you have been involved in a burn injury accident, contact our attorneys today. You may be able to file a lawsuit and get the money you deserve.
There are many causes of burns that can result in severe, permanent injury. Some of the most common burn injuries are caused by:
- Electrical shock
- Chemical spills and exposure
- Scalding liquids or chemicals
Other common causes of burn injuries are the result of accidents such as:
- Car accidents
- Work accidents
- Residential fires
- Defective products
Degrees of Burns
Burns are painful injuries, but some are more severe than others. There are four primary degrees of burns that are based on the severity of the damage to the skin. First-degree burns are often mild and can be treated at home. Fourth-degree burns share the same characteristics of a third-degree burn; however, they result in damage to the tendons and bones. Second- and third-degree burns include some of the more common burn injuries in Louisiana. In any case, it is crucial to administer treatment to the burn immediately to ensure that it heals quickly and with minimal long-term damage.
First-degree burns are superficial burns that only affect the outermost layer of the skin. These types of burns typically heal within 7-10 days and leave minimal or no scarring. Treatment of first-degree burns can include soaking in cool water, taking ibuprofen, applying aloe vera, or using a topical antibiotic treatment explicitly meant for burns.
Second-degree burns are also known as partial thickness burns. They penetrate the dermis of the skin and are caused by extended exposure to the source of the burn. Second-degree burns are very often the result of chemical or electrical burns. These burns cause blisters and red, sore skin.
Generally, second-degree burns take several weeks to heal, but this depends upon the severity of the burn. Many mild burns of this degree can be treated much like first-degree burns. However, the worst second-degree burns may require skin grafting. Skin grafting removes healthy skin from one area of the body and replaces it on the burned area of the body.
There are two primary types of second-degree burns. These include:
Superficial Second-Degree Burns: These types of second-degree burns penetrate through the upper layer of the dermis, where the dermis and the epidermis connect. Superficial second-degree burns can be very serious and may require medical attention.
Deep Second-Degree Burns: Deep second-degree burns penetrate into the lower layers of the dermis. Since many sense receptors reside here, these types of second-degree burns can be some of the most painful burns a human can experience. Because they affect deeper layers of the skin, they can cause long-term damage to the hair follicles, sweat glands, and blood vessels. Deep second-degree burns can also cause severe scarring and take a long time to heal.
Third-degree burns are the most severe because they penetrate every level of the skin. Although these kinds of burns can cause very serious and permanent damage, they may not be as painful as deep second-degree burns. This is because a third-degree burn will penetrate deep into the layers of the skin, causing damage to the underlying nerves. Due to the severity of these burns, it is recommended that victims of a third-degree burn injury in Louisiana seek treatment at a certified burn injury center in the state.
Louisiana has multiple burn units that are specially equipped to handle the most serious burn injuries. If you have suffered a severe burn injury, you may consider going to one of the facilities below for the most appropriate treatment.
- Baton Rouge General Medical Center Burn Center
- The Grossman Burn Center at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center
- Regional Burn Center at the Louisiana State University Medical Center
- Regional Burn Center at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Shreveport
Burns of this degree are often the result of house fires or high-voltage electric shock. Fourth-degree burns are characterized by damage that has penetrated the bone and the need for amputation of the injured limbs.
Burn injuries are a common injury in Louisiana. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a burn injury in the state of Louisiana due to the negligence of another party, contact Cueria Law Firm today. Our experienced attorneys have helped countless burn injury victims get the compensation they deserve after a horrendous burn injury.
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