When you are injured as the result of a third-degree burn, it is vital that you treat the burn as quickly as possible, and seek immediate medical attention. It is never a good idea to try and treat such a serious injury yourself. Find a medical professional to help. A third-degree burn can be damaging, and it’s important to do what you can to reduce the damage as much as possible. If the burn was the result of someone else’s negligence, or the result of a malfunctioning product, you should also consult with a personal injury attorney after you have take care of the immediate danger.
What is a Third-Degree Burn?
A third-degree burn is sometimes called a full-thickness burn because it not only damages the outer layer of skin (epidermis), but it also destroys the layer below it, the dermis. These types of burns are most often caused by open flame from a fire, scalding hot liquid, chemicals, or electricity. These types of burns can also result when your skin is in contact with something hot for a long period of time.
Third-degree burns can be quite disturbing to view. Rather than seeing a lot of blistering, there might be dry and leathery skin that appears yellow, white, brown, or black. It might be cracked at oozing. Swelling is also common. There is also the chance that the person suffering a third-degree burn won’t feel pain because the nerve endings have been destroyed.
Treating a Third-Degree Burn
It’s important to understand that treatment for third-degree burns varies according to the damage done, and the extent of the burn. Each treatment will be different. Rather than trying to handle such a burn yourself, it’s important that you get medical help as soon as possible. You can administer First Aid while you wait, but it’s important that you are careful.
- Make sure that the person is moved away from whatever is causing the burn.
- Do not remove clothing that is burned, particularly if it is stuck to the skin.
- Do not immerse the burned area in cold water.
- Elevate burned body parts above the heart if possible.
- You can also cover the burned area with a cool moist bandage or clean cloth.
- Do not rub or scrub.
These types of burns are so severe that medical attention should be sought, since infection can occur. Third-degree burns are even susceptible to tetanus, so your health care provider might recommend a shot if it’s been awhile since a tetanus shot has been administered.
Get Personal Injury Representation
Make sure that you also get personal injury representation. After the immediate need has been addressed, it’s important that you consider next steps. You might need help making sure that the insurance company pays your claim related to the medical treatment of the third-degree burns. A personal injury attorney can help ensure that you get the payout you require. Hospital bills can be expensive, and the insurance company should honor its agreement to cover the costs.
You might also need to explore the possibility of being compensated in other ways. If your third-degree burns are the result of someone else’s actions, it makes sense to see if you are entitled to other types of compensation. A personal injury attorney can help you figure out what to do next, as well as determine what is fair compensation for you. You might never be able to enjoy life the same way, since the damage from third-degree burns can be permanent and interfere with your work or daily chores.
In the end, your first step is to get yourself taken care of to limit damage as much as possible. Once that is squared away, though, you need to contact someone who will represent your interests as you financially recover.