If you have ever wondered how you could sustain burn injuries or what to do if you burned yourself, read on for some helpful tips. Thankfully these days most burns are minor and the majority of them that occur at home are due to scalding from steam or hot water or by touching something hot such as hair tongs or an oven. Unfortunately, in spite of stringent health and safety regulations within the workplace, employees are still at risk from burn injuries. There are many types of burn injuries and these include:
- Heat burns (from fire, steam, hot objects or liquids)
- Cold burns
- Electrical burns
- Chemical burns
- Radiation burns
The severity of a burn is categorised as a first, second, third or fourth degree burn depending upon how many layers of skin and tissue are burned.
What are the symptoms of burn injuries?
The symptoms of burn injuries include blisters, peeling or charred skin and a change in its usual colour to red or white. The degree of pain does not correlate to the severity of the burn as the most serious burns can be painless. Treating burn injuries swifty is key to a positive prognosis.
- Stop the burning process by whatever means you have at your disposal
- Remove clothing or jewellery near the burnt areas of skin but leave anything that’s already stuck to the skin alone.
- Cool the burn with lukewarm or cool water for at least 20 minutes.
- The victim will be in shock so keep them warm with layers or a blanket.
- Avoid lying down, if possible, to minimise risk of swelling.
- Cove, rather than wrap, the burn area, with cling film or a clean clear plastic bag
- Do not use ice, iced water, cream or butter.
- Seek professional medical help immediately.
The long term effects of burn injuries are varied and complications depend upon the severity of the injury but can include:
- Burn injury infection
- Respiratory problems
- Sepsis which can lead to organ failure and death
- Blood complications including blood clots
- Scarring or disfigurement
- Loss of mobility
- Nerve damage
- Psychological trauma
- Depression and anxiety
How can I claim compensation for burn injuries?
If you are considering claiming for burn injuries your best option is to contact leading law firm Accident Advice Helpline. We have well over a decade of experience in managing personal injury claims. Therefore you can be wholly confident that we are best placed to secure you the compensation you are entitled to. As we only accept cases with no-win, no-fee terms you don’t have to pay us any money upfront. If we don’t win your case you don’t pay our legal fees.
Don’t let the cost of making a claim for burn injuries put you off seeking your rightful justice. Ring our friendly advisors today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 and discuss your options. In contacting us for advice you are not placing yourself under any obligation to proceed with a legal course of action
Date Published: 25th February 2013
Author: David Brown