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Here’s What You Must Know About Electrical Burns and Accident Prevention

An electrical burn injury can occur from exposure to high amounts of electricity through contact with exposed wires, faulty appliances, or electrical sockets. These burns can also result from being struck by lightning, although this happens in very rare instances.

Electrical burns usually happen when people fail to follow safety precautions, mainly because they’re not aware of the dangers that they’re exposed to in certain conditions. This is especially true among homeowners and landlords who conduct home improvements as well as workers whose jobs involve being in close range with electrical products.

Safety Laws

Electrical burns don’t only cause serious injuries but can also take lives. Because of this, many organizations have come up with safety laws to prevent accidents from taking place and keep people away from electrical burn injury.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission, for example, requires antenna manufacturers and importers to put warning labels on their products and include installation instructions. This comes from the fact that outdoor antennas, particularly those used for televisions and CB base stations, have caused numerous electrical accidents over the years.

The main cause of these accidents is when people fail to properly judge the distance between the antenna and the power lines in the area. This means that, when the consumer puts up the antenna on their roof or takes it down, it inadvertently touches the power line and allows electrical current to reach the person holding the antenna. With proper instruction and warning labels, consumers can become alerted to this danger and take precautions when installing or removing outdoor antennas.

The same thing happens with metal ladders when they’re used for outdoor jobs people either misjudge the distance between the ladder and the surrounding power lines, or they properly gauge the distance but lose control of the heavy ladder. Both of these can result in the ladder touching a power line and causing electrocution and electrical burns.

This has lead the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to require companies to comply with the regulations set by the Occupational Safety and Health Association. These regulations prohibit employers and their staff from using portable metal ladders when they’re doing electrical work or if they’re working in an area where the ladders can easily get in contact with electrical conductors. Most ladders nowadays also have the American National Standards Institute warning sticker, which describes the electrical hazard they bring, the possible results of ignoring this warning, and the ways to avoid or minimize the hazard.

Preventing Electrical Accidents

Of course, safety rules and regulations don’t completely protect people from electrical burn injury, so practical steps should still be taken to prevent accidents.

Employers, for example, should invest in ladders with fiberglass links, which isolate electrical current and prevent them from reaching the person holding or standing on the ladder. It’s also helpful to wrap Teflon or any other nonconducting and insulating material around the top half of extension ladders.

Employers should also require their workers to wear special protective equipment when doing electrical jobs or working in areas near power lines. These include including helmets, rubber insulating gloves and sleeves, and goggles that are specially designed to protect the corneal epithelium in the eyes. Workers should also do their part by complying with this requirement and wearing the prescribed protective apparel when needed.

Get the Compensation You Deserve

If you have incurred an electrical burn injury at work, you can obtain financial compensation for the physical, mental, and emotional trauma you’ve gone through. Call McEwen Law Firm to know how we can help you.


Serving clients in the: Minnesota Area including Minneapolis, Minnesota, St Paul, Twin Cities, Bloomington, and throughout the United States. Hennepin County, Carver County, Wright County, Scott County, Dakota County, Anoka County, Washington County, and Ramsey County.

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What Can You Do to Help Burn Victims Heal?

Burn victims must be taken to the hospital so they can receive the medical care they need. However, it’s important to note that burn victim recovery isn’t just about getting medications, surgery, and other treatments. It’s also about having a solid network of family and friends who help the patient with their needs and cheer them up as they go through the road to recovery.

If you have a loved one who has suffered from burns, you can help them heal physically, mentally, and emotionally by taking these steps:

Visit them at the hospital

If you have the time, you’ll want to visit your loved one while they’re still in the hospital. It’s best to give them a couple of gifts that will help them pass the time while they’re recuperating, such as a brand-new journal, art supplies, books, audiobooks, magazines, and video games. Motivational posters featuring their favorite author or celebrity can also help. If the patient is already allowed oral food intake, bring them their favorite snacks or dishes.

One thing you should be careful about is bringing flowers. Many burn patients are highly susceptible to infections since their skin is not intact, which means they should be kept away from items that harbor bacteria. Fresh flowers unfortunately fall under this category. If you really want to surprise your loved one with fresh flowers, contact the hospital or the patient’s doctor, and ask if this is allowed. Otherwise, it’s safer to bring artificial flowers.

Provide emotional support

Some burn patients like to talk about the incident, while others want to forget about it. Take cues from your loved one and avoid talking about the incident if they don’t want to. If they’d like to talk, listen to them and ask thoughtful questions that help express their emotions without upsetting them.

Offer help with daily tasks

Receiving treatment in the hospital is just the first part of the battle for many burn patients. Once they get home, they’ll need help to do chores and other activities since their energy levels and range of movement are not the same as before. During this stage, the best thing you can do is to offer to help with day-to-day tasks. If you love to cook, for example, offer to make freezable meals for the family so they can enjoy home-cooked food without much effort.

Connect them with a trusted attorney

Many burn patients receive their injuries in incidents where another party was at fault. If this was what happened to your friend or family member, you’ll want to connect them with a legal expert like McEwen Law Firm. We have years of experience in helping burn victims build a solid case and obtain the financial compensation that they deserve. This amount can then be used for burn victim recovery treatments as well as other things that will help them get their life back on track.

The road to burn victim recovery is by no means an easy one. However, by being there for a loved one who has experienced burn injuries, you can make things less difficult and show them that there’s hope for the future.

 

Serving clients in the: Minnesota Area including Minneapolis, Minnesota, St Paul, Twin Cities, Bloomington, and throughout the United States. Hennepin County, Carver County, Wright County, Scott County, Dakota County, Anoka County, Washington County, and Ramsey County.

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Burns: Degrees, Causes, and Treatment

Burns are some of the worst injuries that people can experience. This comes from the fact that, aside from causing intense amounts of pain, burns can also damage the skin and affect the victim’s appearance. In serious cases, they can cause health complications including infections, hypovolemia (low blood volume), and hypovolemic shock. Burn accident treatment becomes paramount depending on the severity of the burn that occurs.

Types and Causes

Burns can be categorized according to their causes. Here are some of types of burns:

  • Thermal burns occur when hot objects or surfaces as well as scalding liquids come into contact with the skin.
  • Electrical burns more commonly caused by exposure to electrical sources (e.g. touching live wires) but can also be caused by lightning.
  • Chemical burns happen when the skin is exposed to household or industrial chemicals (usually cleaning agents), which can be solids, liquids, or gases.

It’s important to note that many burns can be a combination of different burn types. Vehicle explosion burns, for example, can be both thermal burns (e.g. when the skin touches the hot metal of the car) and chemical burns (when the skin is exposed to the car’s fuel).

Degrees

Burns can also be classified according to their severity. These classifications are first-degree, second-degree, and third-degree burns.

First-degree burns, also called superficial burns, affect the outer layer of the skin, aka the epidermis. They cause redness and minimal inflammation on the affected site as well as pain. They usually heal without leaving any scars, although the healing process turns the skin dry and peeling. Despite being the least severe of all burn types, first-degree burns can still be dangerous if they affect a large part of the body and/or if they occur on the face or on a major joint (like the knees or shoulders).

Second-degree burns are also called partial thickness burns and affect both the epidermis and the layer of skin beneath it, which is the dermis. Aside from pain, swelling, and redness, these burns also lead to the formation of blisters on the affected site. These blisters can pop open later on, which puts them at risk of getting infected. They usually heal within three weeks or so; most of them might leave pigment changes on the affected area but usually won’t leave scars.

Third-degree burns, aka full-thickness burns, affect the epidermis, the dermis, and deeper tissues. Depending on what caused the burn, the affected area can feature charred skin, waxy and white skin, or raised and leathery skin. Some third-degree burns damage the nerves on the site and therefore don’t cause pain, but they must be treated ASAP since they can cause severe scarring and skin contracture. These can limit the patient’s range of motion and change the appearance of his skin and body.

Treatment

The type of burn accident treatment needed depends on the cause of the burn as well as its severity. First-degree and second-degree burns, for instance, require antibiotic ointment or cream to prevent infections as well as oral pain relievers to minimize discomfort. Third-degree burns, on the other hand, require an IV to replace lost fluids and intravenous antibiotics to prevent infections. Second-degree and third-degree burns that extensively damage the skin, underlying tissues, bones, and organs may require surgery (including skin grafting), physical therapy, and other rehabilitation treatments.

 

If you’ve obtained burns and another party was at fault, contact highly competent attorneys like McEwen Law Firm. We have years of experience in helping clients with burn injuries and will help you obtain financial compensation to continue your burn accident treatment and get back to good health.


Serving clients in the: Minnesota Area including Minneapolis, Minnesota, St Paul, Twin Cities, Bloomington, and throughout the United States. Hennepin County, Carver County, Wright County, Scott County, Dakota County, Anoka County, Washington County, and Ramsey County.