Burn injuries can have a devastating impact on both physical and emotional health. It is important to stay informed about burn injuries in order to take the necessary steps for proper treatment if faced with such an injury. First, seeing a doctor as soon as possible after sustaining a burn injury is critical, since other issues such as infection can arise quickly upon initial contact.
Furthermore, knowing the extent of the burn in regard to severity and location on the body is essential for effective treatment options. Lastly, having knowledge about available resources to support your recovery journey is vital for healing from a burn injury both physically and mentally. Being well informed about burn injuries can help you stay safe, get the best care possible, and ensure your full recovery.
Types of Burn Injuries
Burn injuries come in many forms, each with its own intensity and types of recovery. The more severe burns that fail to heal without treatment are classified as third-degree burns. These can cause permanent damage to nerves and muscles, leaving the affected area permanently disfigured or in need of skin grafts.
Second-degree burns are deeper than a first-degree burn but the skin may still be intact, although excruciatingly painful and red in appearance with blisters forming. Most commonly encountered are superficial first-degree burns that cause minor damage to the upper layer of skin resulting in pain and mild redness of the area around the injury.
While all burn injuries require treatment, proper medical attention is essential for second- and third-degree burns as even a very small mistake can lead to lifelong consequences for a patient in terms of physical impairment and emotional distress.
Burn Injury Severity and Symptoms
Burn injuries can range from mild to severe, and the symptoms associated with each type of burn vary greatly. Some common symptoms may include redness and swelling of the affected area, pain at or near the site of the burn, blistering of the skin, discoloration (especially with deeper/more severe burns), peeling or shedding off skin and a burning sensation when touched.
Depending on the severity of the burn, medical treatment might be necessary; for more serious burns that require medical assistance, surgery may be needed to repair tissue damage and reduce scarring.
When faced with a potential burn injury, it's important to know how deep the wound goes and how much of an area is affected in order to determine whether self-care or professional intervention is necessary for proper healing and recovery.
After a burn injury, our Cleveland burn injury lawyers will be there to help you. Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP will be on your side every step of the way.