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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.

 

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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.


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Propane Gas Explosion Burns

Propane is relatively safe but, just like many types of flammable gas, it can be dangerous when the equipment involved is old and/or faulty or if the system is not properly installed. This is also the case if the user doesn’t follow instructions and abuses or misuses the equipment. In these cases, it’s highly likely that an accident causing propane gas explosion burns may occur.

Propane is a byproduct of petroleum refining and natural gas process that appears as a colorless, odorless gas in room temperature but can be compressed into a liquid. Aside from being easy to transport, propane has a low boiling point and can therefore vaporize once it’s released from its container, which means users don’t need a carburetor or any other vaporizing device.

Because of these properties, propane is used in a wide range of residential, commercial, and industrial applications. These include laundry dryers, barbecue grills, central heating for homes, and portable stoves and refrigerators for campers as well as vehicles and heavy equipment like taxis, buses, and forklifts.

Cases of Propane Gas Explosions

Over the years, there have been many explosions that were caused by propane gas problems. On December 1, 2016, a barbecue trailer that was parked inside a warehouse in Stafford, Texas, suffered from an explosion. Investigators found out that the explosion was caused by a propane tank inside the trailer and that the tank was ignited by the electricity that had powered a refrigerator located inside the same trailer.

A few days later, on December 12, a propane-related explosion destroyed a house in Middletown, New York. The residents had contacted a private propane supplier due to a smell that they had noticed in the home, and the supplier was due to investigate the issue on the day the explosion happened.

Burns Caused by Propane Gas Explosions

Aside from damaging properties, propane gas explosions can also cause burns. The explosion itself can damage skin and underlying tissue, and the resulting fire from the explosion can also cause burns on the victim. This two-fold approach is one of the reasons why propane gas explosions are often deadly and can result to serious burns and other injuries.

Just like with other types of burns, propane gas explosion burns can result to superficial (first-degree) burns, partial-thickness (second-degree) burns, and full-thickness (third-degree) burns. Fourth-degree burns can even occur if the burn damaged muscle, bone, and other deep structures, which can lead to renal failure.

The severity of propane gas explosion burns can make it difficult for victims to regain good health. Depending on the type, location, and degree of the burn, they can take weeks, months, or even years to recover from their injuries and get back up on their feet. This won’t only put the victims and their loved ones through mental and emotional trauma but will also expose them to financial issues.

Find a reputable Burns Lawyer Today

If you have suffered from propane gas explosion burns due to defective equipment or improperly installed systems, get in touch with McEwen Law Firm. We have a team of expert burn lawyers who will work with you to ensure that you will get the compensation you rightfully deserve and that you’ll have the funds you need to get on the road to recovery. Call us today to schedule a free consultation and evaluation for your case.

 


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Electrical Burn Accident

An electrical burn accident can take place when a person gets exposed to electrical currents (such as those from a household appliance, electrical outlet, or power line) at home, at the workplace, or any other place. They can also happen to someone who gets struck by lightning or hit by a stun gun. Electrical burns are dangerous since they don’t only affect the skin; they can also have an impact on internal organs because of the current that goes through the body.

Factors That Affect Electrical Burns

The severity of electrical burns depend on several factors. One of these is the voltage of the electrical current that passes through the victim’s body. The term low voltage covers 380 volts and below, while the term high voltage refers to electric voltage higher than 380 volts.

Another factor is the type of material through which the electrical current passes through. If it passes through conductors like copper, silver, and other types of metal, it can easily reach the person on the other end since these facilitate the effortless flow of electricity through them. If the current passes through insulators such as glass, porcelain, or plastic, it won’t easily reach the person since these materials restrict the flow of electrons.

The resistance found in the victim’s body is another important factor. A normal dry hand, for instance, has an average resistance of 5000 ohms/cm2. This increases to around 1,000,000 ohms/cm2 if the person has callused skin on his palm, and it decreases to around 1,000 ohms/cm2 if his hand is wet.

Other factors that affect electrical burns include the type and amount of current involved, the area of the body where it comes into contact, and the length of time of the contact.

Signs and Symptoms

A low-voltage electrical burn accident is most common with children five years old and below. Kids often have the tendency to grab electrical wires and cords and even put these in their mouths. Because of this, many cases of low-voltage electrical burns affect the hands and mouths of the patients. Blackened tissue along with redness, swelling, and irritation can be observed on burned hands, while burns in the oral cavity result to a grayish-white burn.

High-voltage electrical burns can be divided into two categories: electrical arc burns and electrical current burns. Both produce charred entry wounds with a depressed center and leather-like appearance as well as exploding exit wounds. Severe tissue damage can also occur.

In both cases, weakness, dizziness, headaches, shortness of breath, abnormal heart rate, balance issues, and pain can accompany the burns. Seizures may also take place.

Complications

The problem with electrical burns is that they don’t just result to burned skin and tissues. In many cases, they can also lead to complications, such as the development of gangrene in the affected area. Other complications may involve the joints, eyes, lungs, cardiovascular system, and neurologic system.

Call a Burn Injury Lawyer

If you have been involved in an electrical burn accident, the best thing to do is to hire a burn injury lawyer who will help you file a claim against the party who was at fault. If you’re in the Minnesota area, contact us here at McEwen Law Firm.

Our team of burn injury lawyers have extensive experience in representing clients that have had an electrical burn accident. We will work to help you file your claim and get the compensation that’s rightfully yours. We work on a contingency, which means we will not charge you any fee until we can successfully get the compensation you deserve.

 


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