The Gorospe Law GroupPersonal Injury Attorneys have helped people that have been burned by the negligence of another. Innocent people can be burned in a motor vehicle accident.
Burns can happen when the skin is exposed to heat (from fire or hot liquids), electricity, corrosive chemicals, or radiation (UV rays from the sun or tanning beds, or radiation treatments). Burns are classified as follows, according to the severity of tissue damage:
First-degree burns — affect only the outer layer of the skin (epidermis), causing pain and redness.
Second-degree burns — extend to the second layer of the skin (the dermis), causing pain, redness, and blisters that may ooze.
Third-degree burns — involve both layers of the skin and may also damage the underlying bones, muscles, and tendons. The burn site appears pale, charred, or leathery. There is generally no pain in the area because the nerve endings are destroyed.
Between 1 – 2 million Americans seek medical attention for burns each year. Most burns occur at home, at work, or are part of an injury from a motor vehicle accident. Between 50,000 – 70,000 people are hospitalized for burns every year in the United States, 30 – 40% of whom are children younger than 15 years of age. Most burns in children come from scalding liquids. All burns — even minor ones — may cause complications if not properly treated. Skin is the body’s natural barrier to infection, and burns destroy that protection. People who are burned are very prone to developing infections, so treatment usually involves preventing or treating infections.