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For over thirty years, Riverside California burn injury attorneys at DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo have helped thousands of clients who have had burn injuries. Burns are unfortunately very common as over 50,000 people in the US every year need to go to the hospital for their burn injuries. Thirty percent or more of those burn injury cases sadly involve children under fifteen. Each and every burn injury needs appropriate treatment as the affected area may get worse if untreated.

Call a Riverside burn injury attorney at our firm today for a free initial consultation to discuss your specific burn injury case. Our experienced lawyers have represented the entire range of burn injury cases from workers’ compensation claims and personal injury cases to work injury cases.

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The first number you should dial after a burn injury is definitely 911, your trusted friends or family with medical experience, or other medical professionals. The next call, though, should be to an experienced burn injury attorney who will help you right away and make sure you are getting the proper medical attention. Our firm can start investigating your burn injury case and maximize its scope and your potential compensation. Call today so we can start helping you at (951) 977-7787.

Riverside Injury Attorneys You Can Trust

Our firm has walked side-by-side with its clients for over three decades. We want to be there for you throughout your burn injury case proceedings. Our Riverside California burn injury lawyers at DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo will bring together a complete team of experienced professionals to help fight your injury case including therapists, accident reconstructionists, economists, physicians, and vocational experts.

Burn Injury Defined

Burns can be caused by heat, radiation, chemicals, electricity, or friction. Currently, burns cause the death of about three hundred thousand people a year around the globe and countless many more burn injury cases. Four thousand of those burn deaths are Americans with half of that number sadly being children under fifteen.

Burns are rated by how deep the burn is, how much damage has been caused to the skin and how much damage was also caused to the surrounding area including the underlying tissues. The exposed areas of our body are the most common ones to be burned. This includes arm burn injuries, feet burn injuries, hand burn injuries, face burn injuries, and neck burns injuries.

Burn Injury Causes

People are burned each and every day in California. The following is a list of possible causes of burns. Each of these types of burns can cause first, second, or third-degree burns.

  • Radiation burns (eg: from sunburns or radiation therapy);
  • Chemical burns (eg: strong acids like sulfuric acid);
  • Fire (eg: touching the fireplace or campfire);
  • Heat burns (eg: hot metals or the stove);
  • Electrical burns (eg: electric shocks);
  • Scalding (eg: from spilled hot coffee, steam or boiling water);
  • Car, SUV and Truck accidents;
  • Construction Site Accidents;
  • Work accidents;
  • Building Fires;
  • Kitchen Fires;
  • Tanning salon overuse or negligence;
  • Motorcycle accidents;
  • Defective Products; and
  • Welding burn injuries.

First Degree Burn Injury

Most people consider first-degree burns as just worse than average sunburns but they can be much more problematic and much more painful. First-degree burn injuries will affect only the outermost layer of the skin. The usual signs are some swelling, a white plaque, redness, and pain. It may take under six to seven days for the burn injury to heal.

Second Degree Burn Injury

Second-degree burns are instances where the burn has affected more than just the top layer of skin. They may even burn as deep as the reticular dermis layer. The signs are blistering, redness, and mild to severe pain. The healing times do vary greatly depending on how deep the injury is and its location, but it usually will take about three weeks.

Third Degree Burn Injury

Third-degree burns are when the burn fully affects all of the layers of skin and even causes problems to the tissues beneath the skin. These burn injuries may not cause any pain at first for the victim because the burn injury has damaged the nerves. It may not seem that way to the victim, though, because most third-degree burns have first or second-degree burns around them which are painful. The signs that it is a third-degree burn are that the injured area looks white, charred, brown, or leathery.

A More Direct Classification System

The universal method of describing a burn injury has always been using the above system that you were probably familiar with where burns are either first, second, and third-degree. A new classification system that is more medically “direct” is picking up steam. Medical professionals like it because the type of burn is in the name so there is less room for being subjective.

In this system, first-degree burns are named Superficial Thickness because they only involve the outer layer of skin. Second-degree burns are called Partial Thickness – Superficial because these are burn injuries that affect the area between the lowest layer of skin and the outer layer.

Third-degree burns are called Partial Thickness – Deep and this system creates a fourth-degree burn which it calls Full Thickness. Regardless of which classification system you want to use, burn injuries are difficult and deserve quality representation by the experienced Riverside burn injury lawyers at DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo.

Critical Areas

Although all burns need to be taken seriously, burns that happen to the following four general areas need to be thought of as critical (unless they are first-degree burns). They are burns that occur on a person’s face or genitals or complete hand burns or complete foot burns.

Burned at Work

Jobs in America have become safer over recent years but burn injuries still occur regularly at work. Chemical burns, building fires, and welding burn injuries are three types of burn injuries that still happen at the worksite. We have extensive experience with workers’ compensation as well as personal injury cases for burn injuries so you can trust us to take care of you if you have been hurt while on the job. The work injury lawyers of DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo in Riverside promise to continue their tradition of excellence and provide you with quality representation.

Body Surface Area Burned

Since all bodies are different shapes, sizes, and weights, health professionals have devised a system to describe how much area the burn injury has affected. They will typically only use this technique for burn injuries that are 2nd or 3rd degree. It is called the Rule of 9s and it effectively conveys the total body surface area (TBSA) that has been burned. They have broken up the adult human body into eleven sections. Each of those sections is considered to be about 9% of the body surface area. The last remaining 1% refers to burn injuries to the genitals. The eleven sections refer to: right arm and hand burn injuries, left arm and hand burn injuries, head burn injuries, abdomen burn injuries, chest and neck burn injuries, lower back burn injuries, upper back burn injuries, left thigh burn injuries, right thigh burn injuries, right lower leg, calf and foot burn injuries and left lower leg, calf and foot burn injuries.

What is the Treatment for Burn Injuries?

Regardless of whether you or your loved one has an arm burn, leg burn, toe burn, hand burn, head burn, or a burn anywhere else, be sure to contact a medical professional immediately. Treatment does differ depending on the degree of burn that it is, where it is located and what other injuries were sustained. Keep in mind that it is a general rule not to break any blisters. Treatments for burns will also include solving any dehydration or infection issues.

For serious burn injuries, treatments may also include skin grafting, the removal of dead skin (debridement), cosmetic surgery, or other types of surgeries for burn injuries. Massage, acupuncture, and physical therapy are some of the supporting treatments for better health.

Poison Control Phone Number

Many burns are the result of chemicals. If your burn injury is the result of contact with a corrosive chemical and you also think that some of the chemicals may have been swallowed, here is the Poison Control phone number to call immediately: 1 (800) 222-1222.

Consult With Our Riverside Burn Injury Attorneys

Contact us today at (951) 977-7787 so we can discuss your case and set up your free initial consultation and case evaluation. We work for all of our clients on a contingency basis where you will not owe or pay us anything until we win your case. The Riverside burn injury attorneys at DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo is one of the few companies around that still make house calls as we will meet you at your own home or your own hospital room if you are unable to come to our office. Our workers’ compensation attorneys in Riverside are available to meet during the normal hours of Monday through Friday between 8:30 am and 5:30 pm and we will also meet you, by appointment, on Saturdays, Sundays, and in the evening.

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