Portland Burn Injury Attorneys
Following a serious Oregon burn injury accident, victims can get money if the burn injury was caused because of another’s wrongful or careless actions. They may be able to receive money to pay for expenses such as hospital bills, ongoing medical treatment, time away from work, pain and suffering, and other damages. Have you suffered a severe burn injury in Oregon because of someone else? If so, get in touch with a skilled Portland burn injury attorney who can help you determine if you have a case.
Portland Burn Injury Attorneys Can Help
A burn injury can range from minor to serious, and can leave victims with brutal scarring and disfigurement. While minor Oregon burn injuries can be treated with relative ease, a serious burn injury can have devastating consequences. Victims may need to endure multiple skin graft surgeries to repair the injured area, which may only partially fix the burn, or have a severely burned limb amputated. Often, a burn injury results in the loss of the area’s ability to function properly. A person can lose the ability to perform normal movements, sweat, and feel their sense of touch. Additionally, a serious burn injury can cause a victim emotional trauma, which can be difficult to overcome. All of these are reasons to seek the help of experienced Portland burn injury attorneys – so that you can focus on healing while we focus on securing your financial compensation.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year in the United States, about 1.1 million people require medical attention for a burn injury. Of those, about 50,000 require hospitalization for their injury with about 20,000 burn injuries that involve at least 25 percent of the victim’s total body surface. It is estimated that about 4,500 people die because of burn injuries and up to 10,000 die due to burn-related infections annually in the U.S.
Causes of Burn Injury in Oregon
There are several causes of Portland burn injuries. Common causes include:
- Chemical burns, which occur when the skin comes in contact with strong acids and bases, such as sulfuric acid or alkaloids.
- Electrical burns, which happen when an electrical current flows through a person’s body.
- Inhalation burns, which result when a person breathes smoke or fumes during a fire.
- Radiation (ultraviolet) burns, which take place when a person has prolonged exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays. These burns can also result from using a tanning bed.
- Thermal/contact burns, which result when a person’s body comes in contact with a very hot item, such as a hot metal, steam, scalding liquids, or flames.
Types of Oregon Burn Injuries
Burn injuries are classified into three categories: first-, second-, and third-degree burns.
A first-degree burn injury involves the top layer of the skin, such as sunburn. Signs of a first-degree burn are redness, the area is painful to touch, and mild swelling. Treatment for this type of burn injury is fairly easy. First-degree burn injury victims should apply a wet, cold compress to the area or immerse the area in cold water until pain stops. Then, cover the burn area with a bandage or clean cloth that is sterile and non-adhesive. You should not apply ointments to the burn injury as they could cause infection. If you are experiencing pain or the area is inflamed, these symptoms can likely be treated with over-the-counter pain medications. Further treatment is not usually needed.
A second-degree burn injury involves the first two layers of the skin. Indications of a second-degree burn are a deep reddening of the area, blisters, a glossy appearance from leaking body fluid, and potential loss of skin. To treat a second-degree burn injury, you should apply a cold compress to the area or immerse it in cold water for 10 to 15 minutes. Dry, and cover the burn with sterile gauze. You should not break any blisters that have formed or apply ointment to the injury. You will need to elevate arms or legs that are burned. To prevent shock, a second-degree burn injury victim will need to be laid flat with their feet elevated about one foot high. They should be covered with a coat or blanket and medical attention should be immediately sought.
A third-degree burn injury breaks the skin’s entire thickness and permanently destroys tissue. This is a severe Oregon burn injury and results in the loss of multiple skin layers. Skin may be painless, unless there are nearby sections of first- and second-degree burns, which will be painful. Skin may be leathery and dry, and will appear burnt and may have patches that are brown, white, or black. To treat a third-degree burn injury, cover the area lightly with a clean cloth or sterile gauze. As with second-degree burns, do not apply ointments to the injury, and a victim should be laid flat with the feet elevated one foot high to prevent shock. If their face is severely burned, have a victim sit up and watch them closely for breathing problems. Anyone who has suffered a third-degree burn injury will need immediate medical attention.
If you’ve been the victim of a burn injury, contact our Portland burn injury attorneys for help at 503-222-4411.
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DuBois Law Group LLC, is located in Portland, Oregon, and serves clients in all Oregon cities and counties, including: Portland, Beaverton, Multnomah County, Hillsboro, Gresham, Lake Oswego, West Linn, Tualatin, Troutdale, Sellwood, Corvallis, Salem, Eugene, Milwaukie, and Albany.