There are few injuries more painful and traumatizing than a severe burn. While these injuries used to have a higher fatality rate, modern medicine has significantly improved the survival odds for those who endure burns, with up to 96% of all victims living after their accidents.
According to the American Burn Association (ABA), however, burn injuries are still a leading cause of unintentional death, injury, and disfigurement in the United States. Because burn injuries continue to cause at least 40,000 hospitalizations every year, the ABA has designated the first week of February as National Burn Awareness Week, to inform the public about fire and burn safety hazards as well as medical treatment options.
If you’re ever unsure about seeking medical treatment for your burn injuries, it’s a good idea to visit a doctor just in case – especially if negligence played any role in the accident that caused your injuries. Taking prompt action after a burn could ensure a faster recovery time and even save your life.
Burn injuries can range from very minor to life-threatening. Because of this wide variation, doctors categorize burns according to the “degree” of their severity and will recommend different treatment approaches depending on that degree. It’s easy to tell when a burn is extremely severe – but even moderate burns can lead to complications when treated incorrectly.
You can identify each of the four degrees with these signs:
In most cases, a first- or second-degree burn injury will heal within a matter of days or weeks. By keeping the wound clean, cool, and dry, you may be able to prevent infection and avoid a trip to the hospital. However, there are some cases where you will need to visit a doctor regardless of the burn degree.
Here are some signs that you need to seek professional medical help for a burn:
At Spohrer Dodd, our injury attorneys have 150 years of combined experience helping burn victims seek justice after home and workplace accidents. Burns are a form of catastrophic injury that can be expensive and painful to treat, especially if you become hospitalized or require skin grafts. By filing a burn injury claim, you may be able to get fair compensation from the party responsible for your injuries and begin the path to recovery.
Do you need to speak with a qualified personal injury attorney? Call (904) 637-7721 today.