NORWALK BURN INJURY ATTORNEY
Burn injuries can occur as the result of a fire or explosion, either at home or in a work related accident. If you’ve suffered a burn injury, you know the physical pain and healing is intense, but the psychological effects of these injuries can be and will be felt for years to come. The last thing a burn survivor needs is to struggle with an insurance company to fight for compensation and medical fees to cover their injuries.
At The Chalumeau Law Group located in Norwalk, Connecticut, we work with our client’s to compensate them not only for these physical injuries, but also the psychological and emotional damage that may take years and even subsequent surgeries to repair. Burn injury survivors are recommended to treat with a mental specialist.
Burn injuries are often categorized by their severeness below:
First Degree Burn
First-degree burns are red and very sensitive to touch, and the skin will appear blanched when light pressure is applied. First-degree burns involve minimal tissue damage and they involve the epidermis (skin surface). These burns affect the outer-layer of skin causing pain, redness and swelling. Sunburn is a good example of a first-degree burn. Symptoms include: redness, swelling, pain, peeling skin, and white or charred skin.
Second Degree Burn
Second-degree burns affect both the outer-layer (epidermis) and the under lying layer of skin (dermis) causing redness, pain, swelling and blisters. These burns often affect sweat glands, and hair follicles.Symptoms include redness, swelling, peeling skin, white or charred skin.
Third Degree Burn
Third-degree burns affect the epidermis, dermis and hypodermis, causing charring of skin or a translucent white color, with coagulated vessels visible just below the skin surface. These burn areas may be numb, but the person may complain of pain. This pain is usually because of second-degree burns. Healing from third-degree burns is very slow due the skin tissue and structures destroyed. Third-degree burns usually result in extensive scarring. Symptoms include: redness, swelling, pain, peeling skin, and white or charred skin.
Fourth Degree Burn
Fourth degree burns (full thickness burns) affect all layers of the skin and also structures below the skin, such as tendons, bone, ligaments and muscles. These burns are not painful, owing to destruction of nerve endings. They may occur from prolonged exposure to flame or electrical injury. These burns always require surgery or grafting to close the wounds. Fourth degree burns often result in permanent disability and may require lengthy rehabilitation. Fourth degree burns can be life-threatening and may require amputation due to the severe nature of fourth degree burn injuries.