Treatment for Burn Injuries
Burn injuries may be mild, moderate, severe or fatal.
- Approximately 75% of the patients who die from serious burn injuries die from infections
- Many burn injury patients die from pneumonia
- Other dangers include:
- Pulmonary failure
- Acute respiratory distress syndrome
- Bacterial infection
Treating Severe Burn Injuries
Burn victims who have access to the correct treatment immediately following the burn incident have the best chance for survival:
- First aid requires intravenous administration of fluids into the body
- The patient’s breathing passages must be assessed and if there are blockages, they must be cleared
- Protecting the burned skin with sterile gauze and bandages is essential
- Complications may include shock, infection, organ dysfunction, electrolyte imbalance and respiratory distress
- Depending on the severity of the burn, long term hospitalization may be required
- Skin grafts, amputations and excisions are frequent with more serious burns
- Long term treatment includes physical rehabilitation, prosthetic limbs, physical therapy, psychological counseling, vocational rehabilitation and the possibility of future, extensive skin grafts
- Secondary infections are common; the burn victim will normally require numerous medications for life
If you experienced burn injuries that were caused by another’s negligent actions, you may be able to receive compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost income, and more. If you were harmed in an industrial accident or if a defective product caused burn injuries, compensation may be available from the responsible parties. Tiano O’Dell, PLLC represents burn injury victims in Charleston and throughout West Virginia. As plaintiff’s rights lawyers, we have recovered significant settlements and court awards for our clients. Tiano O’Dell, PLLC lawyers are recognized as West Virginia Super Lawyers and as Top 100 Trial Lawyers.
Treatment Varies According to Burn Severity
- First degree burns are the least serious and usually heal in a week or less
- Superficial second degree burns may result in local infections, blisters, and may heal in two to three weeks
- Deep partial thickness second degree burns are serious and often results in scarring, contractures, and often requires skin grafts. Extensive scarring is normal and expected. Healing takes place over a prolonged period of time.
- Third degree burns are extremely dangerous and extends completely through the skin. Amputation may be required for those limbs that have been significantly burned.
- Fourth degree burns are the most serious and extends into the muscle and bone. The skin actually becomes black and charred. Amputation and gangrene is not uncommon. Fourth degree burns are often fatal.
Consult with Charleston, West Virginia Burn Injury Attorney
If you experienced burn injuries that were caused by an accident, defective product, explosion, faulty home wiring, or by another’s negligent actions, you may be entitled to compensation. Tiano O’Dell, PLLC represents injured burn victims and we offer a complimentary case evaluation to discuss your case. We believe that the responsible parties should be held accountable for their actions and that you should be compensated for your injuries. There are no fees involved unless we win your case. To schedule your complimentary and confidential case review with a West Virginia burn injury lawyer, call Tiano O’Dell, PLLC at (304) 720-6700.