by Paula A. Wyatt | August 5, 2020 | Blog, Fires & Burns | 0 comments

What to do After Getting Burned Although skin regenerates every 27 days, serious burns can leave lifelong effects. If you have been burned in an accident, at work, or on someone’s property, follow these steps to protect your health and future claim:

Know Your Burn

If you've suffered from a burn, it's important to know the grade of your injury. The severity of your burn can vary, but the most common degrees include: First-degree burns:
  • The least serious type of burn.
  • This type of burn usually only alters the epidermis, the thin outer layer of the skin.
  • Can include heat-induced skin conditions.
  • Symptoms include inflamed skin and swelling.
  • These types of burns usually don’t require medical attention.
Second-degree burns:
  • These burns can reach the dermis layer of the skin, the thick layer of living tissue below the epidermis.
  • These burns can cause blisters, pain, and swelling.
  • They can require medical attention, depending on the size and location of the burn.
Third-degree burns:
  • These burns are severe, injuring underlying tissues of the skin.
  • The burn area can become very sensitive, can change color, and become dry.
  • Seek medical attention if you believe to have a third-degree burn.
Fourth-degree burns:
  • These burns are not as common as the burns above, but they are the most damaging and can possibly expose bone.
  • These burns have the ability to injure the skin, tissue, muscles, ligaments, and tendons.
  • Because these burns can cause extreme pain, amputation, disfigurement, and even death, get a doctor’s opinion as soon as you can.

Document and Assess Your Injury After suffering from a burn, it’s important to document all aspects of your injury. Burns can be unpredictable, so it’s vital to record every step of your recovery. Take photos:
  • By taking photos, your injuries will be better visualized by the judge or jury evaluating your injury.
  • Take pictures of your injuries as they progress and document each stage of healing.
  • Document your pain in a journal. When you have healed, you may forget important details about your recovery that can help build your claim.
Seek medical attention:
  • Seeking medical attention is an important step in recovery.
  • It’s a good idea to get a professional opinion to assess the scarring, disfigurement, tissue damage, and infection commonly associated with burns.
  • A doctor can keep a record of your injury and treatment, which can be beneficial to your personal injury claim.
Speak with an Attorney for Free If you suffer from a burn at the fault of someone else, an establishment, or through a place of employment, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your troubles. You could be reimbursed for medical expenses and lost income. We have handled a multitude of burn cases, including:
  • Workplace burns
  • Building fires, explosions, and toxic exposure
  • Burns associated with car accidents or commercial truck accidents
  • Chemical burns
Wyatt Law Firm strong: Fighting for burn victims across the United States We have an extensive track record of fighting for burn victims throughout the U.S. — including the cities of San Antonio, Dallas, Houston, Austin, Laredo, and Corpus Christi. Call us today for a free consultation with an attorney regarding your injury. At Wyatt Law Firm, we believe burn victims deserve justice, regardless of their financial situation, that’s why you only pay if we win. Get a fighter on your side. Give us a call at 210-340-5502 today! You can also fill out a confidential form; our team will get right back to you.


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