Millions of Burn Injuries Occur Each Year
At the Eisenberg Law Firm in Madison, WI, we represent individuals injured in all kinds of incidents. Each year, approximately 2.4 million Americans experience burn injuries. These injuries range from minor burns that only require home treatment to major, life-threatening burns. Burns are exceptionally painful and quite difficult to treat. Your skin protects the tissue of your body both from trauma and from exposure to bacteria. Severe burns can leave your body susceptible to infections and disease. Burns can occur in a number of ways:
- Scalding burns occur when a liquid such as hot water or oil burns the skin. Although most of us will receive a scalding burn or steam burn at some point in our lives, it is important to realize that some scalding burns will require medical treatment. If a burn has blisters or broken skin or is excessively painful, seek medical treatment right away.
- Chemical burns occur when the skin is exposed to acids or other harmful chemicals. These burns may intensify until the chemical has been neutralized, so flush them with water right away.
- A dry burn or contact burn occurs when contact is made with a hot surface like a pot or a stove.
- Electrical burns occur when an individual is exposed to an electrical current or lightening. These burns are often extensive.
Burns can occur in the workplace, during a car accident, or in a household accident. Any burn that has blisters or a break in the skin must be treated professionally. These burns will often result in scarring, which is sometimes extensive. Second and third degree burns may require significant treatment in the hospital, and medical bills quickly skyrocket. In addition, individuals may suffer from nerve injuries, severe scarring, and a loss of range of motion due to tissue injuries. Burns are notoriously slow to heal, and hospital treatment may take weeks or even months. During this time, painful treatments must occur to keep the skin free of bacteria and dead tissue.
If you or a loved one have received serious burns, you will likely amass major medical bills. In addition, you will need to take time off work to heal and recover, and you may experience severe scarring and lifelong effects of your injuries. At the Eisenberg Law Firm, our Madison personal injury lawyers understand your pain and suffering. We will do everything within our power to help you recover from your injuries. We will seek compensation from the liable party to help pay your bills and compensate you for lost pay and pain and suffering. Contact our Madison personal injury lawyers today for a free consultation.