Millions of people sustain burn injuries each year.
If you have been involved in an accident that left you with severe burn injuries, you owe it to yourself to retain an experienced attorney immediately as you face treatment and potentially extensive medical costs.
Depending on the severity of your burns and the circumstances surrounding your accident, you may be entitled to seek compensation for all medical expenses, rehabilitation, current and estimated future lost income from work, pain and suffering and other damages. Hiring a skilled burn injury attorney can increase your chances of recovering the financial compensation you are rightfully owed.
The attorneys at Geoff McDonald & Associates have more than two decades of experience with helping burn injury victims in Richmond and throughout Virginia. We realize the pain and suffering you are enduring and are committed to doing everything we can to help you achieve the most favorable outcome.
Contact us now to have one of our burn injury attorneys review your case and help you determine how to move ahead. We offer a No Fee Guarantee®, so you have nothing to lose by making the call.
Types of Treatments for Burn Injuries
The degree of a burn will vary dramatically, depending on a variety of factors. Each type of burn must be treated based on the degree of tissue damage. The following are some of the more common types of treatments used for burn injuries:
Soak the burned area in cool water for at least five minutes.
Apply aloe vera gel or cream to the area to help soothe the skin.
Apply an antibiotic ointment to the burn and cover with loose gauze.
Take Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen for pain relief.
Avoid using ice as it could end up causing more damage than good.
Avoid using cotton swabs, as well, as the fibers could get into the injury.
Run cool water over the burned area for at least 15-20 minutes.
Apply an antibiotic ointment to areas where blisters have formed.
Again, use Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen for pain relief.
Seek medical attention immediately if you have sustained second-degree burns over a significant portion of your face, hands, buttocks, groin or feet.
In cases where the burn is deep, skin grafting may be required.
This type of burn should never be self-treated. Call 911 at once.
While waiting for EMS, raise the burned area above your heart.
Try to remove any clothing which could get stuck to the burn.
Skin grafting will often be necessary with third-degree burns.
Those with the most serious burn injuries will require hospitalization.
Burns covering a large portion of a person’s body must be treated at a specialized burn center such as the Evans-Haynes Burn Center at VCU Medical Center. There, the burn victim may:
- Undergo reconstructive or restorative surgery
- Receive blood transfusions
- Get skin grafts
- Be closely monitored for infections
- Be provided with enteral feeding (as needed)
- Receive treatments to minimize scarring
- Undergo a range of rehabilitative therapies.
Improper treatment of burn injuries, age and existing health problems are all factors which can lead to further complications that can be fatal. When complications stemming from infection, blood loss or hypothermia arise, it can put a patient in shock or ultimately lead to his or her death.
Seeking immediate medical attention for second- or third-degree burns can help minimize complications and risks that may be associated with treatment.
Common Costs of Burn Injuries
As with treatment, the costs associated with burn injuries are largely determined by the degree of damage sustained.
Patients who have burns over a significant portion of their body will often require longer periods spent in the hospital. Those with lesser burns may require a shorter duration of treatment.
In a cost analysis study referenced by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), where the average body surface area burned was 7 percent, each 1 percent of burn corresponded to two days in the hospital.
The NCBI currently estimates hospital costs and doctor fees for specialist care provided to a victim who has sustained major burn injuries to be $200,000. Much of this cost is a result of major burn victims requiring multiple reconstructive surgeries and extensive treatment for rehabilitation.
Our Attorneys Help Burn Injury Victims in Richmond and Virginia
When burn injuries occur as a result of another person’s negligence or reckless behavior, the victim has the legal right to seek damages for the physical and emotional pain he or she has been forced to endure. Those who suffer burn injuries during the course of performing work-related tasks are entitled to pursue benefits through their employer’s workers’ compensation policy.
If you have been severely burned due to an act of negligence, our firm will take the time to fully investigate the scope of your injuries and gather the evidence necessary to establish liability. We will then work with experts in various fields to determine the value of your claim and will work diligently to pursue the maximum damages possible on your behalf.
You do not have to go through this alone. Our attorneys are here to aggressively advocate on your behalf.
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