Degrees of Burn Injuries in New York

New York Burn Victim is treated for injuries received in an accident.

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Have you suffered a burn injury? Our New York City burn injury lawyers are dedicated to helping people get the financial compensation they deserve for serious burn injuries s. If you’ve been hurt, you are probably worried about medical bills, doctor’s expenses, missed wages and other financial hardships. You are not alone; a skilled personal injury attorney can help you stand up for your rights and recover the compensation that you deserve.

If your injury was the result of someone else’s negligence or carelessness, you may be able to collect damages to cover any expenses related to your burn injury. To see what a New York City personal injury attorney from Hecht Kleeger & Damashek, P.C., can do for you, call our office today and schedule a free case evaluation. The sooner we hear from you, the faster we can begin establishing an aggressive and effective strategy to help you get the money you need.

Types of Burn Injuries

There are three degrees of burn injuries: first degree, second degree and third degree. In extreme cases, burn victims may suffer fourth degree burn injuries. According to the American Burn Association, approximately 450,000 burn victims are treated in emergency rooms, hospitals and burn treatment centers across the nation every year. If you are one of them and you believe that someone else is responsible for you accident, contacting a lawyer from our firm may be wise.

  • First degree burns only affect the outer layer of the victim’s skin. Typically, first degree burns are visible. If you have suffered a first degree burn, the affected area may become reddened, swollen and experience pain. Generally speaking, treating first degree burns is not difficult unless a significant portion of the victim’s hands, face, feet or major joint has been injured. Unless one of these areas has been affected, the burn probably won’t require emergency attention.
  • Second degree burns are more severe than first degree burns, but less damaging third degree burns. Second degree burns affect the victim’s outer layer of skin and the dermis – the second layer of skin. The affected area usually blisters and turns red. It may become splotchy, swollen and extremely painful. If the burn is small and concentrated, it may be treated as a minor injury. If it covers a larger area of the victim’s body, medical attention may be required.
  • Third degree burns affect all layers of the skin and may cause permanent damage to the victim’s tissue. In extreme cases, fat, muscle and bones are affected. Third and fourth degree burns are considered major burns and should be treated by a medical professional immediately. Very severe burns may appear charred, with some areas of the injury turning white. The victim may have difficulty breathing if he/she has suffered from smoke inhalation.

First Aid for Burn Injuries

The severity of the burn determines what kind of first aid should be administered. For minor burns (first degree burns or small second degree burns), placing the affected area under cool water may be wise. A cold compress may also suffice. Avoid covering the injury with fluffy cotton materials; use a sterile gauze bandage instead. Minor burn victims may take over-the-counter pain relievers after a minor burn. Never apply ointment, egg whites or butter to a burn injury.

Major burns are extremely serious. After calling 911, check for signs of circulation – if you cannot detect breathing, coughing or movement, CPR may be necessary. Do not remove burned clothing; do not immerse large or severe burns in cold water. This may cause the victim to go into shock. Try to elevate the injury or injuries above the victim’s heart level. Additionally, you may want to cover the burn area with a cool, moist and sterile bandage.

New York City Burn Injury Lawyer

At Hecht Kleeger & Damashek, P.C., we know that a successful burn injury claim or lawsuit starts with the right lawyer. Our team has served clients for more than 75 collective years. Together, we have recovered more than $200 in case settlements for personal injury victims. Let us put our experience to work for your case. If you have questions about the legal process, are concerned about the legitimacy of your case, or simply want to see if Hecht Kleeger & Damashek, P.C., is the right firm for you, feel free to contact us. Our New York City burn injury lawyers are here to help you, so call our office today.