How do you know if a burn is serious? No matter what kind of burn you have, it can hurt tremendously and will need immediate attention, but the question is how bad does a burn need to be for you to seek medical attention?
Minor burns can be treated at home and will heal within a few weeks but may require some medicine to manage the pain. More severe burns can get infected which is why they require medical attention.
You can tell the difference between minor and severe burns by determining the “degree” or how deep the burn is:
- First degree burns: only affect the outer layer of the skin which can result in pain, redness, and potentially peeling. For example, a sunburn is a first degree burn.
- Second degree burns: go deeper than the top layer of the skin and cause the skin to blister. If the blisters pop, there can be risk in them becoming infected.
- Third degree burns: can be very serious as they affect all layers of the skin which may take longer to heal and can possibly damage the nerves in the skin, resulting in a loss of feeling.
Here are a few guidelines to follow if you or a loved one have been burned and need professional medical attention:
- The burn is bigger than three inches
- The burn was caused by chemicals or electric shock
- There is fluid or pus coming out of the burn
- The pain continues to get worse or starts to smell
After receiving appropriate medical care, you should consider contacting an Oklahoma City burn injury lawyer. Our seasoned catastrophic injury attorneys at AMA Law can help you get the compensation you deserve if someone’s negligence is the reason you were injured AMA Law will hold the person or company accountable if they disregarded their duty or did not take precautions to prevent a burn accident from happening. Our dedicated legal professionals have a proven track record of recovering damages in these types of cases for injured individuals and their families.
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Common Types of Burn Injury Accidents
Some common burn injury incidents include:
- Those sustained in a car accident
- Ones involving an electrical device or circuit
- Burns caused by intentional or negligent arson
- Hot metal objects that cause metallic-based burns
- Radiation burns that can happen in a medical setting, among others
- Those sustained in a chemical accident. This can happen to a person at work or can be the result of a negligent company releasing flammable chemicals to the public
A proactive Oklahoma City burn injury attorney could help you recover monetary compensation from a careless person or company following any of these types of accidents or an incident of another kind.
Typical Injuries and Damages in Burn Injury Cases
Injuries sustained in a burn accident can range from mild to severe. In some cases, they can sadly lead to disfiguration, rehabilitation, multiple surgeries, or even fatalities. Specific injuries may include:
- Intense pain
- Post-traumatic stress
- Bacterial and respiratory infections
- Fragile skin, muscles, joints, and bones
A compassionate burn damage lawyer in Oklahoma City could help injured individuals and their families collect monetary damages to cover:
- Mental trauma
- Long-term medical care
- Severe and continuous pain
- Loss of anticipated wages
- Loss of companionship
- Burial costs
An experienced legal professional could negotiate with insurance companies for a fair and comprehensive settlement offer or persuade a jury to award significant damage awards on behalf of burn injury victims and their families.
Beneficiary Claims and Wrongful Death Following Serious Burns
Individuals who are burned in their roles as employees for a company may apply for workers’ compensation to help cover injury-related expenses. However, when a worker receives worker compensation funds, they typically have to forgo suing the employer for negligence.
Family members who lost a loved one due to a burn injury accident while the person was an employee can file a death benefits claim as a primary or secondary beneficiary. Spouses and children are generally referred to as primary beneficiaries, while secondary beneficiaries are anyone else. For more information about filing wrongful death claims and potential benefits, consult a qualified attorney at AMA Law.
Let an Oklahoma City Burn Injury Attorney Help You Move Forward
An Oklahoma City burn injury lawyer could help you and your family get the justice you deserve following an accident resulting in burn damages. Our team could fight to hold the person or company who caused you harm accountable for every single loss you sustained.
AMA Law is here for you when you need us. We accept walk-ins at our beautiful office in Oklahoma City, or you can reach us via call, text message, or online chat. Reach out today so we can get started on your case.