Burn injuries in Florida each year cause serious damage. These personal injuries are not only very painful, but they can cause scarring and permanent damage to physical appearance that can be very traumatic. Serious burn wounds can even affect the tendons, muscles, and even the organs protected by the skin, causing serious injuries that can hamper mobility.
Although Florida burn injuries are very common, Florida attorneys often notice that victims of these injuries are not always fully compensated or get the help they need. Burn injuries often cause damage that requires cosmetic surgery and most medical insurance does not cover that sort of treatment. Plus, many insurers and defenders minimize the damage caused by a burn injury.
If you or a loved one have suffered a minor burn, there are several things you can do. In the case of a minor burn, hold the affected area under cool running water for 15 minutes. Avoid popping any blisters that form and avoid applying butter or ointments to the area. Cover the affected area with dry gauze. If minor burns occur on the feet, face, hands, or genitalia, contact a physician right away, since even minor burns on these areas can be more serious than they appear. Similarly, always contact a doctor right away if an infant or young child sustains a minor burn. Even minor burn injuries to minors and children can be serious and may require a doctor’s supervision.
If you or a loved one have suffered a severe burn, call 911 immediately. Run cool water – never ice – over the affected area and raise any burned limbs of areas to minimize the area. Keep the injured party from becoming overheated or chilled. In cases of a severe burn, do not try to remove clothing from the burned area. Avoid putting any grease or ointment on the affected area and do not give the injured party anything to eat or drink. Ask the 911 operator for instructions if you are not sure what to do. If blisters form before help can arrive, do not pop the blisters.
If you or a loved one have suffered a burn injury because of someone’s reckless or negligent behavior, you are entitled under law to receive compensation that can help you pay for treatment and help. Contact a qualified Florida attorney to learn about your legal options.