Injury lawyers in Skelmorlie and burns
Somewhere in the region of 13,000 people a year are admitted to hospitals with burns and scalds, and many thousands more visit accident and emergency departments. That’s far too many people being burnt in accidents. If the accident was not of their own making, but the fault of someone else, they may be entitled to make a personal injury claim, and they may want to use injury lawyers in Skelmorlie to help them to do so.
Although burns and scalds happen in different ways, burns with dry heat and scalds with wet heat, the body reacts to them in the same way and they are treated in the same way.
Injury lawyers in Skelmorlie explain burns
There are varying types of burns and they are put into categories depending on how deep the burn penetrates.
First degree burns
This is where only the top layers of skin is burnt. Usually it reddens and is very sore for quite a short period, but as it doesn’t go below the top layer of skin there should be no blistering. These are the most minor of burns.
Second degree burns
This is a deeper burn which, unless the nerves have been destroyed, will be extremely painful. This burn can produce blisters, which can cause other problems if they get infected once they have burst. The victims lose fluid through the burns, and if this happens to any large degree then they may go into shock because of the lack of fluids.
Third degree burns
In these, the skin will have been burnt totally away and the muscles, tendons and organs below could be damaged. The nerves will have been destroyed, so the victim may not feel any pain. Third degree burns take a long time to heal, may need skin grafts from other parts of the body, and it is unusual for them not to leave scars. Death often occurs from third degree burns, unless the area burnt is only small.
Fourth, fifth and sixth degree burns
These burns normally result in death, and it is only at post-mortems that the names are generally used.
If you have sustained burns in any accident that was not your fault, the guilty party should compensate you and you may want to make a personal injury claim using injury lawyers in Skelmorlie.
Because of the huge variations in the severity of burns, treating them varies greatly as well. Most UK hospitals have specialists to deal with them, and a lot have whole departments dedicated to treating burns and scald victims.
Making a burns injury claim
Accident Advice Helpline have dealt with numerous burn injury claims among the many thousands we have handled over the last 15 years. We have the experience and knowledge to keep the claim process simple and efficient to give the victim as little stress as possible.
On our website there is a test which takes just 30 seconds from start to finish to let you know if you can make a claim and roughly what level of compensation you can expect. Alternatively, call our freephone helpline on 0800 180 4123.
Date Published: 4th November 2013
Author: David Brown