Burns caused by fires can cause serious pain and suffering and long-lasting disfigurement. Burns should be taken seriously and appropriate medical attention should be sought as quickly as possible. If you or a loved one was burned by someone who was acting recklessly or intentionally, call Ponton Law today to discuss any claims that you may have for recovery. Atlanta fire burns attorney James Ponton is here to help. Call us now.
Medical Attention For Fire Burns
If someone is on fire, the first and most important thing that must be done is to put the fire out. If needed, help the person “stop, drop, and roll” and then seek immediate medical attention. When treating a fire burn, WebMD suggests that 911 be called immediately if:
- The burn penetrates all layers of the skin
- The skin is leathery or charred looking, with white, brown, or black patches
- The burn blister is larger than two inches or oozes
- The hands, feet, face, or genitals are burned
- The person is an infant or a senior
Burns can become infected or get worse if they go untreated. A medical profession will know how to diagnose and treat the burn, giving the burn victim the best chance at recover.
A burn can occur in many different ways. Examples include stove tops, hot engines, baked or cooked food that is spilled, fireworks, matches and fireplaces. Contact Atlanta fire burns attorney James Ponton if your burns were caused by the reckless or intentional acts of another. You don’t have to suffer alone -- we are here to help.
Degrees of Burns
The University of Rochester Medical Center has provided the following explanation of the degrees (severity) of burning. The deeper a burn penetrates the skin, the higher the degree of burn.
- First-degree (superficial) burns. First-degree burns affect only the epidermis, or outer layer of skin. The burn site is red, painful, dry, and with no blisters. Mild sunburn is an example. Long-term tissue damage is rare and usually consists of an increase or decrease in the skin color.
- Second-degree (partial thickness) burns. Second-degree burns involve the epidermis and part of the dermis layer of skin. The burn site appears red, blistered, and may be swollen and painful.
- Third-degree (full thickness) burns. Third-degree burns destroy the epidermis and dermis and may go into the subcutaneous tissue. The burn site may appear white or charred.
- Fourth degree burns. Fourth degree burns also damage the underlying bones, muscles, and tendons. There is no sensation in the area since the nerve endings are destroyed.
To get the full amount of damages that you and your family deserve, it is important to keep detailed and accurate notes of all the medical attention that you receive and the entire recovery process. The more information and documentation that we have, the more likely it is that we will be able to help you get all of the compensation that you deserve.
Contacting Ponton Law
You can contact us online or call Ponton Law today at 404-418-8507 to discuss your injuries with Atlanta fire burns attorney James Ponton. We are here to help and we look forward to discussing your case with you.