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Burn Treatments: Insight From the Best Burn Injury Lawyers

There are a variety of ways to treat a burn. It all depends on the degree of burn you have suffered. Generally, minor burns can be treated in the comfort of your own home. They may take a few weeks to heal. 

When it comes to serious burns, you must react by applying first aid to it before heading to the hospital. The doctor will supply you with medications or inform you that you must go to therapy or go through surgery. 

Medical Treatment

Once you get your first aid for a major burn, you may apply additional medical care by taking medications or utilizing products that will help with the recovery process. This includes:

  • Pain and anxiety medication. Based on the level of severity for the burn, you may have to use morphine to deal with the intense pain of a high degree burn. Anti-anxiety medications may also help you stay 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 must get a tetanus booster vaccine. 
  • Water therapy. There are water-based treatments such as mist therapy that will help clean the wound tissue. 


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 may also play a helpful role in healing your burn injury. It is designed for you to develop, recover, enhance, and control skills that are needed for your day-to-day life. 


In severe circumstances, you may be required to go through with a procedure to heal your burn injury. 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 conditions 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 in order 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. 

Home Remedies

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 the size of it. 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 from the burn injury. 
  • Cool it down. Make sure you are applying cool water, not cold, on your burn injury. Avoid putting ice on it because it will result in more damage being done to your tissue. 
  • Put lotion on it. Once you finish cooling your burn injury, apply lotion on it. Aloe vera is an effective lotion that will help you heal by preventing your skin from drying and giving you pain relief. Other moisturizers will also have similar effects, as well.  

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

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 is 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% 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.

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If you are a victim of a burn injury and need legal advice, West Coast Trial Lawyers has experienced 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 on the right path with your case and make sure you leave with a satisfactory end result. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation at our firm. No


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