Second and third degree burns are caused when fire, steam, or other hot materials burn through the top layer of a person's skin. As such, these burns are some of the most painful injuries a person can suffer and can cause death, disfigurement, dehydration, and other health problems. In the United States, each year over 30,000 people are killed or seriously injured by fire and smoke inhalation. This web page provides basic information about identifying second and third degree burns and basic treatment of these burns. If you or of loved one have suffered second or third degree burns, seek medical treatment.
If you have been seriously injured or lost a loved one from severe second or third degree burns, Texas Lawyer Jason Coomer provides free online evaluations of fire death claims, fire burn & injury claims, and fire damage claims. Feel free to submit an inquiry through our online contact form,or send an e-mail for a Free Online Evaluation of your potential fire claim by a Texas fire and smoke inhalation Attorney.
Texas Fire Lawyer, Jason Coomer also handles chemical burn claims, electrical burn claims, and smoke inhalation claims as well as catastrophic property damage residential fire and business fire claims.
Third Degree Burns
Third Degree burns are the most serious type of burns and involve all layers of the skin and can include burned fat, muscle and even bone. These burns at first can be painless as the body can be in shock and nerves in the area can be destroyed. However, third degree burns are the worst type of burns and can result in death. Burned areas of the body may appear charred black or dry and white. For third degree burns, immediately call for emergency medical assistance. Until an emergency unit arrives it might be helpful to follow these steps:
Don't remove burnt clothing. However, make sure the victim is no longer in contact with hot or smoldering materials, smoke, or heat.
Don't immerse severe large burns in cold water. Doing so could cause the burned person to go into shock.
Check for signs of circulation (breathing or movement). If there is no breathing or other sign of circulation, begin cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
Cover the area of the burn. Use a cool, moist, sterile bandage; clean, moist cloth; or moist towels.
Second Degree Burns
Second-degree burns occur when the first layer of skin has been burned through and the second layer of skin (dermis) also is burned. Blisters develop and the skin takes on an intensely reddened, splotchy appearance. Second degree burns produce severe pain and swelling.
If the second degree burn is small no larger than 2 inches in diameter, it can be treated as a minor burn. However, if the burned area is the result of an electrical shock, larger than 2 inches, or if the burn is on the hands, feet, face, groin or buttocks, or over a major joint, get medical help immediately.
First Degree Burns
First-degree burns are the least serious burns and are those in which only the outer layer of skin (epidermis) is burned. The skin is usually red, with swelling and pain sometimes present. The outer layer of skin hasn't been burned through. First-degree burns can be treated as a minor burn unless it involves substantial portions of the hands, feet, face, groin or buttocks, or a major joint. It is always best to seek the assistance of a medical professional if the burn is large or painful enough to cause concern.
Minor Burn Treatment
Cool the burn. Hold the burned area under cold running water for at least 5 minutes, or until the pain subsides. If this is impractical, immerse the burn in cold water or cool it with cold compresses. Cooling the burn reduces swelling by conducting heat away from the skin. Don't put ice on the burn. Putting ice directly on a burn can cause frostbite, further damaging your skin.
Cover the burn with a sterile gauze bandage. Don't use fluffy cotton, which may irritate the skin. Wrap the gauze loosely to avoid putting pressure on burned skin. Bandaging keeps air off the burned skin, reduces pain and protects blistered skin. Don't break blisters. Broken blisters are vulnerable to infection.
Take an over-the-counter pain reliever. These include aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others), naproxen (Aleve) or acetaminophen (Tylenol, others). Never give aspirin to children or teenagers.
Minor burns usually heal without further treatment. They may heal with pigment changes, meaning the healed area may be a different color from the surrounding skin. Watch for signs of infection, such as increased pain, redness, fever, swelling or oozing. If infection develops, seek medical help. Avoid re-injuring or tanning if the burns are less than a year old — doing so may cause more extensive pigmentation changes. Use sunscreen on the area for at least a year.
Faulty wiring, defective appliances,
negligent storage, faulty construction, negligent
maintenance, lack of fire detection devices and/or
prevention equipment, as well as careless and negligent
actions cause many fires that wrongfully kill people,
severely burn & injure others, and destroy property.
Home fires (apartment fire, duplex fire, and house fire) can
be especially devastating as they often occur at night when
people are sleeping allowing the fire to get into walls and
create smoke that can incapacitate families before they can
get out causing serious injury or death as well as destroy a
life time worth of possessions.
Texas Fire Lawyer Jason Coomer handles fire claims including residential house fire claims, apartment fire claims, work place fire claims, industrial burn claims, and other accidental burn claims. He handles fire claims that have caused devastating injuries, death, and catastrophic property damage. He has represented clients involving personal injury claims were people have died as well as others that have lost their home and everything that they own. Understanding fire claims including working with fire marshals and other expert fire professionals as well as understanding what burn victims have to go through makes Texas Fire Attorney, Jason Coomer an excellent attorney to represent you and your family after a fire.
If you have suffered damages because of fire and the fire was caused by the negligent or intentional actions of another, it is important to obtain fire safety reports from the local fire and police departments regarding the cause of the fire as well as speak with someone that is able to investigate the fire with you. The Law Offices of Jason S. Coomer, P.L.L.C. helps individuals that have suffered severe injuries, burns or death as well as individuals and businesses that have suffered property loss due fire, smoke, and water. If your home, business, or property has been damaged do to fire. Texas fire lawyer, Jason Coomer may be able to assist you. If you need a Texas fire lawyer to represent you with a fire damage claim, fire death claim, or fire injury claim, contact Austin Texas Fire lawyer Jason Coomer.
Austin Texas Fire Attorney Jason S. Coomer, represents clients who have been seriously injured or lost a loved one from fire death or smoke inhalation death throughout Texas, including Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, El Paso, Fort Worth, Waco, Travis County, Hays County, Harris County, Williamson County, Bexar County, Dallas County, Tarrant County, Bastrop County, and Blanco County. He often works with other Texas Fire Claim Lawyers in Dallas, Houston, El Paso, and San Antonio.