New Jersey Burn Accident
When someone else caused the burn injury because of their negligence — such as an apartment landlord failing to follow fire safety laws or an employer not following workplace safety regulations — the victim may be able to seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Burns are one of the most expensive and traumatic injuries to treat. Even a simple first degree burn can become infected and require extensive medical treatment. Third degree burns can take years of treatment in order to heal, and usually have a significant impact on the victim’s quality of life and ability to work. Extensive burns can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars for treatment, repeat admission, and rehabilitation.
Common Causes of Burns
- Friction Burns
- Cold Burns
- Thermal Burns
- Radiation Burns
- Chemical Burns
- Electrical Burns
There are three categories of burn severity:
First-degree burns – only the top layer of skin is damaged. They result in pain, redness, minor inflammation and usually heals within a week. First-degree burns usually are treated with skin care products like aloe vera cream or an antibiotic ointment and pain medication such as acetaminophen (Tylenol).!
Second-degree burns – damage goes beyond the top layer of skin. Second-degree burns are characterized by extremely red, blistered skin. These burns may take weeks to heal, and are usually treated with an antibiotic cream or other creams/ointments prescribed by a doctor.
Third-degree burns – The worst type of burn, damage extends through all layers of skin, can affect organs and bones, and may require the process of skin grafting. Third-degree burns are characterized by a white or black dry wound, and charring. Third degree burns can cause permanent nerve damage, hypothermia, and even death, so seek emergency medical treatment immediately.