Long Beach Burn Injury Lawyer
Talk to a Personal Injury Lawyer About Your Burn Case
Several factors may cause a fire to set off, such as a motor vehicle accident, natural disaster, powerline damage, or an intentional act. These fires can cause serious bodily injury, which may require the victim to receive immediate medical attention. Treatment may vary depending on what type of burn the victim is diagnosed with. Mild cases typically involve over-the-counter medication, ointment, or gel to relieve pain and soothe the burned area. However, mild to severe cases may involve hospitalization. Doctors will likely perform surgery, such as skin grafting, to replace the victim’s burned skin with a healthy one.
If your burn injury was caused by another individual, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your losses. At West Coast Trial Lawyers, our Long Beach burn injury attorneys have over 60 years of collective experience in handling personal injury cases. We have won more than 5,000 personal injury cases and recovered over $1 billion in settlements for our clients. Due to our achievements, we have been acknowledged as one of the top personal injury law firms in Long Beach.
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Tanning Salon Burns
Many people prefer to have a tan or golden skin tone. This requires frequent exposure to the sun. However, not everyone has enough time to lay out under the sun on a daily basis to achieve their ideal look. Instead, people flock over to the tanning salon to get a quick tan. They also continue to return to the salon in order to maintain their desired skin tone. This method of acquiring a tan skin tone has resulted in cases where people have suffered from skin cancer or skin that is prematurely aging.
- Skin cancer. Your skin is vulnerable to UV lights and the sun. Exposing yourself to too much will make it more likely for you to develop skin cancer. Skin cancer can spread all over the body. The most common body part where this cancer can be found is on the legs.
- Skin prematurely aging. Allowing your skin to get exposed to UV lights and the sun on a continuous basis may cause burns to occur. This will make it more likely for your skin to start aging quicker than usual. You will start to appear older than your actual age. A term that relates to this type of situation is called photoaging. Photoaging can cause wrinkly skin, weak connective tissue, dry skin, dark or discolored spots, eye damage, or precancerous skin lesions.
Symptoms of a Burn Injury
Burn injuries may vary depending on how severe the contact to the skin was. Classifications of a burn injury include first-degree, second-degree, deep-partial thickness, third-degree, and fourth-degree burns. A first-degree burn has a red appearance that is both painful and dry. It primarily affects the outer layer of the skin (epidermis). Generally, there is no long-term damage. You will experience noticeable redness in the beginning stages. Near the end of your recovery, it will fade away. A second-degree burn causes damage to the outer layer of your skin and the layer underneath (dermis). The appearance of the burn will appear bright red, swollen, and blistered. A deep partial-thickness burn leaves a scar on the skin, along with having your skin permanently change color. A third-degree burn primarily targets the nerve endings. It will destroy the epidermis and dermis. Third-degree burns could potentially impact the subcutaneous, which is the innermost layer of the skin. The burn will appear as a white, black, brown, or yellow shade. A fourth-degree burn causes the deepest and most severe burns. Fourth-degree burns may result in a life-threatening situation. All layers of your skin, including your muscles, bones, and tendons, will get destroyed.
Treating a Burn Injury
Treatment is different for each category of a burn injury. A first-degree burn injury is usually treated with cool water, pain medication, and gel or cream. It is likely that the doctor will recommend for burn injury patients to place the cool water on the wounded area for five minutes or longer. Pain medication, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, may be suggested to relieve any pain that the patient may be experiencing. Lastly, aloe vera gel or cream can be used to soothe the skin.
Treating a second-degree burn may involve similar actions that have been recommended for a first-degree burn. To begin with, it is recommended to use cool water and have it placed onto the injured area for about 15 minutes or longer. The doctor may have the patient take over-the-counter medication, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, to help cope with any pain caused by the burn. Antibiotic cream or gel can be applied to heal the skin, especially in areas of the skin that contain blisters.
A third-degree and fourth-degree burn will require intensive treatment. Generally, intravenous (IV) antibiotics are used to prevent infections. IV fluids may also be administered to replace lost fluids. Skin grafting is also a possible option. The surgeon may use healthy skin that is on your body or one that was donated to replace any damaged skin. Once you have undergone the ideal treatments to help with your burn injury, you will be asked to continue seeing your doctor for regular check ups. During these visits, your doctor may also recommend for you to seek assistance from an occupational or physical therapist. These therapists will work with you by planning tasks, such as cardiovascular and strengthening exercises, stretches that will help prevent contractures of the joints, or assign you to complete some leisure activities.
If you have sustained injuries in the city of Long Beach as a result of a burn injury accident, West Coast Trial Lawyers has experienced Long Beach burn injury attorneys that can help you recover financial and emotional compensation for the losses you have suffered. This includes medical bills, property damage, emotional distress, lost wages, or pain and suffering.