What Documentation Should I Keep After My Burn Injury?
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What Documentation Should I Keep After My Burn Injury?
Burn injuries are catastrophic injuries that can have a life-altering impact on the burn victim. There are many ways a person can sustain a burn injury, from a home fire or car accident, to a workplace or maritime disaster. Chemical...
Burn injuries are catastrophic injuries that can have a life-altering impact on the burn victim. There are many ways a person can sustain a burn injury, from a home fire or car accident, to a workplace or maritime disaster. Chemical and thermal burns are other common types of burn accidents that occur in the home or workplace.
Burns vary in degree and can cause symptoms such as excruciating pain, swelling, blistering, loss of skin, and even damage to the underlying muscle, nerves, and bones. Depending on the initial cause of the burn injury, there may be secondary side effects such as smoke inhalation or infections that might require further medical treatment. The recovery from a burn injury can be intensive. Topical treatments, skin grafts, surgery, and rehabilitation may be needed to regain the function of the injured body parts. In the worst case scenarios, burn victims can be permanently disabled or scarred.
There are approximately 500,000 people treated for burn injuries in the United States every year resulting in about 400,000 hospitalizations. Even the most superficial burn injuries should be treated immediately to reduce the possibility of long-term loss of movement of the injured body part. If you have sustained a burn injury due to the negligence of another party, you might decide to seek compensation for your injuries. Medical bills, loss of wages, and pain and suffering all have a monetary value in a personal injury claim. However, to recover damages in your claim, you will need specific documentation to build your case.
Have You Suffered a Serious Burn Injury?
If you or a loved one has suffered a severe burn injury that was the fault of another person or business, you may have a personal injury claim on your hands. Contact the dedicated and experienced burn injury attorneys at Cueria Law Firm in Louisiana today. Our professional attorneys will review your case and help you determine the best course of action for you and your family. We’ve successfully represented countless burn injury clients and worked diligently to get them the financial compensation they need and deserve.
Any time an accident occurs, it is a scary and unexpected event that can leave you shaken and distracted. If a negligent party was at fault for the accident or incident, it is essential to remain calm and level-headed. The period directly after an accident is critical for gathering documentation of the event to be used as evidence in your personal injury claim. Although you can never anticipate a motor vehicle accident, a chemical burn, or a house fire, you can expect that the other party will fight back in your personal injury claim. Having plenty of documentation will help your burn injury attorney prepare the most persuasive case for you.
What Kinds of Documentation Should You Collect
After your burn injury, you or someone you trust should use a smartphone to take photos of the accident scene. Be sure to include the following pictures:
- The burn injury from multiple angles
- The surrounding area of the accident
- The cause of the burn or other contributing factors
It will also be important to gather statements from any witnesses that were on the scene. In addition to their statements, collect the witness’ contact information including full names and telephone numbers so your burn injury attorney can reach them. Depending on the severity and location of the burn injury, you should call the police or complete an incident report. Be sure to obtain at least one copy of every report.
Finally, seek medical attention. No matter how minor the injury may seem to be, it will be critical to have medical documentation of the burn injury. Visit an emergency room or doctor as soon as possible after the injury to help prevent further complications such as infection and scarring. The more time that passes between the accident and the medical care, the more difficult it will be to prove that your injury occurred as a result of the initial burn event.
A personal injury case can be a complicated process, and insurance companies do not make it easy for the injured party. You will need the guidance of a skilled and seasoned attorney who understands burn injury claims and how to fight insurance companies for what you deserve. Contact the Louisiana burn injury attorneys at Cueria Law Firm today for a consultation. Our attorneys will review your case to see if you have a workable claim and help you decide on the right course of action for you.
Get the financial compensation you need to support your recovery after a burn injury. Contact the burn injury attorneys at Cueria Law Firm today.
When To Seek Medical Treatment After a Burn Injury in Louisiana
Burns are some of the most severe injuries that a person can sustain, with the potential to leave victims with permanent and life-altering damage. Car accidents, scalding, chemical burns, and workplace explosions account for many of the burn injuries that our attorneys see in the state of Louisiana. If you have suffered a burn injury, it is critical that you treat the burn immediately to prevent further complications. It will also be crucial to have the proper medical documentation if you choose to file a personal injury claim.
Have you sustained a burn injury at work or in a public place that was due to the negligence of another person or business? If so, you may have a personal injury claim. Contact the Louisiana burn injury attorneys at Cueria Law Firm today, and our team of experienced attorneys will review your case to determine if you have a valid claim against the negligent party.
Symptoms of Minor Burns
Knowing the severity of your burn injury will help you determine the best course of treatment. Although some burns can be treated at home, many will require intensive medical treatment from a doctor or burn specialist. Minor burns can often be treated with home remedies and will not require emergency medical treatment. Some signs that you may have sustained a minor burn include:
- Redness similar to a sunburn on the top layer of the skin
- Moderate pain
- Moderate blistering
- Burn area smaller than 3 inches in diameter
If you are experiencing the symptoms mentioned above, you most likely do not have to seek emergency medical treatment. However, if your moderate burn injury was due to the carelessness of a third party, it is recommended that you seek medical treatment immediately. Documenting your injury right away will help establish a causal relationship between your injury and the incident that caused it. The longer you wait after the event, the higher the chance the burn will begin to heal and seem less severe than initially claimed.
Signs of a Severe Burn
Other burns are much more serious and will likely require the attention of a medical doctor or burn specialist. In these cases, you should call 911 immediately after the accident. Major burns that come from chemicals, open flames, electricity, or scalding are extremely dangerous and can lead to long-lasting, debilitating damage to the burn victim. Some signs that you may have sustained a severe burn that requires immediate medical attention include:
- Deep burns that appear to penetrate beyond the first layer of skin
- Change in skin appearance to thick, leathery, or very dry
- White, brown, or black spots
- Burn area larger than 3 inches in diameter
- Burns that cover the hands, feet, face, genitals, or major joints
When To Get Medical Treatment for Your Burn Injury
In some of the most dangerous burns, the victim will not feel any pain. Deep burns may penetrate the upper skin layers and cause damage to the nerves below the surface, resulting in a feeling of numbness. If you feel numb after a burn injury, you must receive medical attention right away because this indicates possible irreversible tissue or joint damage.
Even burns that appear to be mild can worsen over time. Blisters are the body’s natural way of fighting infection. If the blisters break, there is an increased risk of complications. However, in any case, there are a few questions you should ask after a burn injury to determine if medical treatment is necessary.
Where on the body is the burn located?
Burns that cover the face, including the ears, eyes, nose, or mouth, hands, feet, or genitals should receive emergency medical treatment.
How large is the burn?
A burn injury that covers more than a 3-inch diameter is considered sizeable enough to require medical treatment. Often burns of this size, especially on the hands or feet, are large enough to impair normal function.
How deep is the burn?
Blisters that form quickly or a burn that turns white, brown, or black, are indications that the burn has penetrated into the deeper levels of the skin. Seek medical attention immediately.
Are there any signs of infection?
Some of the most common signs of an infected burn include an unpleasant odor, swelling, extreme redness, oozing, or increased pain. If you develop any of these symptoms, head to the emergency room as soon as possible.
Any time you sustain a burn injury, it is critical that you seek appropriate medical care as quickly as possible. If you intend on taking legal action against a negligent party, it is even more vital that you obtain documentation of the injury, including medical reports. Suffering a burn injury is scary because there is always the potential that the injury will result in permanent impairment.
When you sustain a severe burn injury in Louisiana, contact the professional burn injury attorneys at Cueria Law Firm and schedule your consultation. Our team of attorneys is dedicated to getting you the just compensation that you deserve to help you on your road to recovery after your burn injury.
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