Assessing the Severity of a Burn Injury
The extent of damage that has occurred to the skin's tissue will indicate the severity of a burn injury. Burn injuries can be minor, requiring no need for medical attention or they can be severe, requiring months of painful treatments.
The 3 types of burn injuries that an individual may suffer as the result of a South Carolina accident are:
- Superficial Burn Injury - this type of burn injury is mild and typically requires no medical intervention. The injury affects only the surface layer of skin, which is usually red and painful.
- Partial-Thickness Burn Injury - this is a more serious type of burn injury to have. The injury occurs to the dermis layer of skin. Depending on how deep the damage is, the skin may both blister and turn a light shade of pink, or the skin could become red and blotchy.
- Full-Thickness Burn Injury - this is the most severe type of injury where the nerves in the skin are damaged. The injury affects every layer of skin and will generally change the coloring of the skin. Typically it turns white; however, it may also turn brown or black. In addition, the skin's texture will be leathery and waxy.
Internal Burn Injuries as a Result of a South Carolina Accident
Burn injuries don't just affect the skin. Depending on the type of South Carolina accident a victim has been involved in, there may also be internal burn injuries that affect breathing. Damage to the airways and lungs can occur.
Some of the symptoms of an internal burn injury may include:
- burnt nose hairs;
- severe sore throat;
- soot in mouth or nose;
- voice is scratchy or altered;
- wheezing; and
- difficulty breathing.
If you have been the victim of a burn injury as a result of a South Carolina accident, a West Ashley injury lawyer can talk to you about your options for recovering damages in a personal injury claim.
Seeking the Help of a West Ashley Injury Lawyer
The West Ashley injury lawyer team at the Shelly Leeke Law Firm is available to help South Carolina accident victims cope with the legal implications of a serious injury. Our firm's focus on personal injury cases includes injury from auto accidents including pedestrian and bicycle injuries, work-related injuries and Workers' Compensation claims, and injuries resulting from dangerous prescription drugs.
Before you file a South Carolina personal injury claim, request a free copy of our South Carolina injury book. When you're ready to get started on settling your accident claim, contact a West Ashley injury lawyer for a free information packet and consultation, 1-888-690-0211.