Burn injuries are a common result of automobile accidents. In the event of a collision, the fuel tank could erupt or leak flammable liquids, leading to a fuel-fed fire that causes minor to severe burns. Today, we at Parrish Law Firm, PLLC are here with some advice on what to do in the unfortunate event you suffer a burn.
Types of burns
There are three different types of burns, ranging from mild to severe. Treatment depends on the severity of the burn, so it is important to correctly identify the type of burn it is.
First Degree Burn
This is the most mild and common type of burn. First degree burns only affect the outermost layer of the skin and can be identified primarily by the redness of the skin and lack of blistering. They do not require any professional medical attention and can be treated simply by running the skin under room temperature water, then applying soothing creams such as aloe vera or burn cream.
Second Degree Burn
Second degree burns occur when the outermost layer of skin has been thoroughly burned through and the second layer of skin is also burned. Common signs of second degree burns include pain and swelling, blisters, and redness. Burns smaller than 3 inches in diameter should be treated as a first degree burn, but one should seek medical attention for larger areas. It is important to not pierce any blister that may form, as this could cause infection and further damage to the wound.
Third Degree Burn
This is the most severe type of burn and those affected should seek immediate medical attention. Third degree burns cause permanent tissue damage and can even affect muscle and bone tissue. While waiting for paramedics to arrive, it is important to keep still to prevent further damage to skin. Do not remove clothing from burned skin as this can worsen the injury. Elevate the area above heart level, if possible. Do not attempt to treat the burn with ice, as the sharp temperature change could cause further damage to the tissue.
Parrish Law Firm, PLLC
We understand the trauma that comes along with a serious car accident, and we believe you deserve rightful compensation for your suffering. Our motor-vehicle accident lawyer will fight for your rights in court while you focus on what is most important: recovery. Call us today at 703-906-4229 or email us for a free case consultation.