Millions of Burn Injuries Occur Each Year
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.