Medical Treatments for Burn Injuries
According to the American Burn Association, 486,000 burn-related injuries occur in the United States each year. Of those, approximately 40,000 individuals require hospitalization related to their burn injuries, including 30,000 admitted into hospital burn centers. Sadly, in 2013, 334 children died from fires or burns and 44 percent of those children were under the age of 4.
A thermal burn can be caused from any hot or heated source or from a chemical reaction that releases heat, including:
- Contact with a hot object
- Electrical burn
- Chemical burn
Although burns were at one time categorized as first, second and third-degree burns, medical professionals are now using different categories. If you suffer a thermal burn, your medical team will determine the percentage of the burned surface area, as well as the type of burn involved in order to decide on an appropriate treatment plan.
The skin is the body’s largest organ with three distinct layers. A burn is categorized based on the layers of skin that are affected, including:
Superficial burns: A superficial burn effects the epidermis or outer layer of skin. The burn area, such as sunburn, is painful and red.
Partial Thickness: A partial thickness burn effects the epidermis and some portion of the dermis. It is usually painful and red and may turn white to the touch. In many instances, blisters are present. If the victim’s nerve endings were destroyed, the burn area may not be painful.
Full Thickness: A full thickness burn effects all of the epidermis and dermis. The burn destroys nerve endings, tiny blood vessels and hair follicles in the affected area and can harm both bone and muscle. The burned area is white or charred and is painless based on the destroyed nerve endings. With deep full thickness burns, it may be necessary to perform a blood transfusion to replace lost blood.
When severe damage occurs as a result of a thermal burn, medical professionals provide wound and infection care and, in some instances, skin grafts. There are also cell-based treatments being developed by researchers that allow for functional skin growth.
Another type of advancement concerns Integra Regeneration studied by French researchers. The product has a permanent bottom layer that acts as the dermis, as well as a silicone layer that substitutes for the epidermis. In studies, the Integra-grafted skin has been accepted by the victim’s body 100 percent of the time.
Contact Our Miami Burn Injury Attorneys
Burn injuries can be caused by any number of accidents ranging from an automobile collision on Miami streets to an 18-wheeler crash on Southern Florida interstates, or even a defective product that you purchased online or at a local area store. Unfortunately, even minor burns cause both emotional and physical pain. Contact an experienced burn injury lawyer with Brais Law Firm. if you or a loved one suffered a burn injury to determine who is responsible for compensating you for your pain and injuries under Florida law.