Most of us will only have to deal with a minor sunburn this summer. Perhaps, a household burn will cause you some pain. Ovens, stoves, irons, curling irons, hot beverages, and scalding water are some of the likely culprits. Perhaps your occupation will put you at risk of an electrical or chemical burn. Whatever the reason, burns can and do cause serious injury. Some could be life threatening.
Treating a burn will depend upon the severity of the burn. Burns typically fall into three categories:
First Degree Burns: Your skin is red, probably a little swollen, and may cause some pain to the touch. You may treat with cool water (not iced water) and aloe or anesthetic cream. Donâ€™t use butter or egg whites. An over-the-counter pain reliever may help ease the pain.
Second Degree Burns: There is severe pain and swelling, deep redness, splotchy appearance, and blisters usually form. Although these are typically treated similarly to first degree burns, play it safe and get medical treatment. Second degree burns should be covered with a sterile bandage. Blisters should not be broken. Watch carefully for signs of infection.
Third Degree Burns: These are the most serious. The skin will likely look white or black and charred. Permanent tissue damage and loss muscle and/or bone may result. Call 911 or seek medical attention immediately. Medical treatment is required.
Keep in mind that infection or complications from burns may be equally, or even more dangerous, than the burn itself. Look for fever, pain, redness, swelling, and/or oozing. Know that infection can lead to more serious complications.
If you or someone you know has suffered a serious burn through someoneâ€™s negligence or carelessness, give us a call at (888) 696-6049. The Gibby Andry Law Firm is located in New Orleans, Louisiana, and we have the experience necessary to properly evaluate serious cases of burn injury and/or death. Let us get to work on getting you and your family the compensation you deserve.