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How You Can Afford Burn Injury Treatments from Filing an Accident Claim

There are various ways to treat a burn. Each one is handled based on the level of severity. Generally, minor burns can be treated in the comfort of your own home and can be healed within a week or two.

Moderate to severe burns should be checked by a medical professional to determine how serious the injury is. The doctor will offer you a treatment plan to help with the recovery process.

Below, our experienced burn injury attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers will go more into detail about treatment plans that are provided to patients who are suffering from a burn.

At-Home Remedies

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If you are experiencing minor burn injuries, you may treat them at home. Home remedies include:

  • Bandages.It would be ideal to cover the burn with a bandage or gauze, depending on its size. Do not apply any fluffy cotton. Make sure it is wrapped loosely around the injured area. This will protect you from experiencing infections and may reduce pain.
  • Pain reliever. Advil, Aleve, or Tylenol may be used as a way to relieve any pain you are experiencing.
  • Cool it down. Make sure you are applying cool water on your wound. Avoid placing ice over it because it will result in more damage to your tissue.
  • Apply lotion or ointment onto the wound. Once you finish cooling your burn injury, you should apply lotion or ointment onto it. Aloe vera is commonly used for burns since it helps your skin heal by preventing it from drying. It may also give you pain relief.

Regardless of how serious your burn injury is, it is very important to keep your skin constantly moisturized to avoid severe drying and substantial pain.

Medical Treatment

Once you receive your first aid for a major burn, you may use other medications or products to help with the recovery process. This includes:

  • Pain and anxiety medication. Based on the severity of the burn, you may have to use morphine to deal with its intense pain. Anti-anxiety medications may also help you remain calm while you are in the recovery stages.
  • Creams and ointments. This will help prevent any infection from your burn injury. Common ointments used for this are Polysporin and Neosporin.
  • IV. You may be required to get intravenous (IV) fluids to avoid organ failure or dehydration.
  • Tetanus Shot. If you are suffering from a superficial partial-thickness, or deeper, you may need to get a tetanus shot.

Procedures

Under serious circumstances, you may be required to undergo surgery. This includes:

  • Plastic surgery. This could be used for two things. One is to reduce the appearance of the scarring that was caused by the burn. It may also be used to increase the flexibility of your joints.
  • Help with breathing. If your face or neck was burned, you may have swelling around your throat area. For situations like this, the doctor will put a tube down your windpipe in order for oxygen to enter your lungs.
  • Feeding tube. If you are suffering from severe burns and are malnourished, it is important for you to get nutritional support. A feeding tube will be inserted through your nose, which will then make its way down to your stomach.
  • Skin graft. This procedure is done to replace your scar tissues with your own healthy skin. Skin grafts are normally done for victims who are suffering from deep burns. Deceased donors or pigs may be used for this surgery.

Therapy

If you have suffered a burn that covers a large portion of your body, especially if it is covering any of your joints, it is required for you to go through physical therapy exercises. Stretching the skin will help your joints maintain flexibility.

Additional exercises will help improve the strength of your muscles. Occupational therapy is known for helping burn victims with their injuries. This type of therapy is designed for you to develop, recover, enhance, and control skills that are needed for day-to-day activities.

Available Damages

Accidents happen. If you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Below is a brief explanation of damages. Damages are a type of monetary award that is determined by a court of law to help compensate an aggrieved individual for any losses or injuries sustained as a result of someone’s negligence.

Economic Damages
Economic damages are intended to compensate a plaintiff for losses that a dollar amount can readily be attached to. Economic damages are calculated by determining the amount of out-of-pocket losses an aggrieved individual has or will expect to incur as a result of their injuries.

A few examples of economic losses include:

  • Loss of Earning Capacity
  • Medical Bills
  • Lost Wages

Non-Economic Damages
Non-economic damages are essentially intended to cover losses that are thought of as subjective and will not necessarily cover out-of-pocket losses. Non-economic damages may include compensation for:

  • Emotional Distress
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Loss of Enjoyment of Life

Punitive Damages
The third type of damages a California court may award are known as punitive damages. Punitive damages are intended as punishment and are only awarded when a defendant’s behavior is especially harmful. Punitive damages are relatively rare and in fact, were only incorporated in 5 percent of all verdicts.

Furthermore, there is no real set standard for calculating and awarding punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded at the court’s discretion and will vary depending on the specific circumstances of a case.

Limitations for Damages in California 
For the most part, there is no real cap on compensatory damages following a personal injury claim. This means that courts are able to award any amount they feel is appropriate and reasonable.

However, the only exception is regarding medical malpractice cases. In these cases, the limit for pain and suffering and other non-economic losses is $250,000.

Contact Us

If you are a victim of a burn injury and need legal advice, West Coast Trial Lawyers has expert burn injury attorneys that are readily available to assist you with your needs. We have dealt with many personal injury cases, especially burn injuries. Our attorneys will help guide you through the process of filing a claim in order to get the compensation you deserve for your losses, which include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

No financial risks are involved when you use our services. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation at our firm. Reach out to our legal team 24/7 by calling (213) 927-3700 or emailing [email protected].

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