Statistics provided by a 2010 National Hospital Ambulatory Car Survey indicated that over 603,000 people visited the emergency room for burn injuries throughout the year. Furthermore, in 2012, the National Burn Association found that over 450,000 people were treated for burn injuries throughout the year.
By definition, a burn is a type of injury to the skin or flesh which is caused by heat, chemicals, friction, electricity, or radiation. In most instances, treatment will be dependent on the severity of the burn and can range from pain relievers to treatment in burn centers. Nearly four percent of people admitted to burn centers die from their injuries, while 11 million people annually seek medical treatment and 300,000 die throughout the entire world.
At Lewis & Keller, we believe that if you or a loved one is suffering from a workplace burn injury that was caused by the negligent actions of another individual, the victim may be entitled to compensation for their losses and damages. Having achieved millions in verdicts and settlements for our clients, our attorneys are able to successfully manage each individual case with the determination and compassion each injury victim deserves.
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The Six Degrees of Burns
In most instances, people are not aware that there are actually six degrees of burns a person can get. This is typically due to the fact that fifth and sixth degree burns are extremely rare and most victims of these types of burns usually die.
The six degrees of burns are defined as follows:
First Degree Burns
These types of burns can be caused by hot drinks, or scalding tap water. In this instance, the top layer of the skin becomes red and painful to the touch. It can be treated with cool water, aloe cream, or an apple vinegar and water combination being applied to the skin. Often times a sunburn will be classified as a first or second degree burn.
Second Degree Burns
Chemicals, flames, and hot liquids are typically the cause of second degree burns. These types of burns will usually affect the deeper layers of the skin and cause the victim serious pain. Victims of second degree burns may want to visit the doctor or hospital to prevent shock and infection. Smaller second degree burns can be treated at home.
Third Degree Burns
In the case of a third degree burn, it will typically completely penetrate the skin. These are typically caused by electricity, fire, or chemicals and are categorized as a serious injury. Third degree burns will usually make the skin appear black or white and usually will not hurt in the exact area because the nerves have been damaged; however the surrounding area will hurt. These injuries will usually be accompanied with shock in the case that a large area of skin has been affected, and will require the victim to go to the hospital.
Fourth Degree Burns
Fourth degree burns are known to cause damage to the skin, tendons, muscles, and ligaments. They cover a large area of the skin and are often fatal to the victim. Treatment will require skin grafting along with other medications, antibiotics, and surgeries.
Fifth and Sixth Degree Burns
These burn injuries occur during an autopsy when the victim’s bones become damaged along with the destruction of tissue between the skin and bone. Usually the victim will not survive this severity of burn, although amputation may be able to save the victims life in some cases.
If you or a loved one has suffered a workplace burn injury due to the negligence of another individual or entity, our attorneys advise to seek immediate medical attention and consultation with our experienced attorneys.
Occupations at Risk for Burn Injuries
Any occupation offers the chance for a worker to become burned; of course there are some occupations where workers have an increased chance of becoming affected by these types of injuries.
Some Occupations at Risk for Burn Injuries include:
- Coal Mining
- Construction Workers
- Fire Fighters
- Food Preparation Workers
- Grounds Maintenance
- Healthcare Workers
- Janitorial Work
- Law Enforcement
- Steel Workers
Of course, there are several other occupations which can cause burn injuries, however these are a few of the most commonly seen today.
Contact Our Winston-Salem Workplace Burn Injury Attorneys Today
Having achieved over $10 million in settlements and winning verdicts for our clients, our team of attorneys at Lewis & Keller the experience and knowledge to handle each individual burn injury and workers compensation litigation. Being located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, we are able to serve clients throughout the entire area and elsewhere needed.
Some of the local Winston-Salem areas we serve include:
- High Point
- Mt Airy
- Walnut Cove
To find out more, simply call us at 866-299-1769 or complete the Free Case Evaluation form located at the top of this page. All information entered will remain completely confidential and is completely free to submit.