Portland Scalding Injuries Attorney
According to the American Burn Association (ABA), an estimated 486,000 individuals needed medical care for burn injuries in the U.S. in 2015 alone. Burns can be caused by a number of factors including fire, electrocution, toxic chemicals, hot surfaces, and more. While the majority of burns occur due to fire or flame, the second leading type of burn injury is a scald. In fact, the ABA also reports that more than one-third of patients who received treatment for burns had scalding injuries. This type of burn can cause severe damage to the skin and tissue in the burned area and victims often require extensive treatment and experience severe pain. If you or your child has sustained a scalding injury, you should discuss your legal rights with an experienced Portland personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
What Is A Scalding Injury?
A scalding injury is a type of burn that results from “wet heat” as opposed to “dry heat.” Some substances that can cause wet heat intense enough to scald someone include water, steam, and other hot liquids such as coffee or soup. While this type of burn may not seem as serious as a burn caused by fire, scalds tend to damage deeper levels of skin than dry burns, may take a longer time to heal, and also may result in greater scarring.
Like other types of burns, scalding injuries are classified as first, second, or third degree burns. First degree burns are relatively superficial as they only affect the outer layer of skin. However, scald injuries can affect a large area of skin and treatment may be required for pain control and infection prevention. Second degree burns are more serious as they can damage deeper layers of skin and can cause blisters and some scar tissue. Third degree burns are the most severe type of burn as they damage all layers of skin and can affect some other tissue and nerves, as well. This level of burn requires emergency treatment, can have many complications, and can leave substantial scarring.
How Do Scalds Occur?
Scalds can occur in many different ways and some common reasons for scalding injuries include contact with hot liquid or steam due to a spill, splash, or even immersion in the hot liquid. Such contact can be due to overly tap water, spilling of boiling water, serving overly hot liquids to unsuspecting individuals, steam from radiators, and similar circumstances.
As with any type of injury, certain demographic groups are more at risk for serious scalding injuries, including:
- Children under the age of 15;
- Adults over the age of 65;
- Individuals with physical or mental impairments or special needs.
Such individuals may be more prone to spilling if trying to handle hot liquids while unassisted or unattended.
Treatment For Scald Victims
Scalding injuries can require a significant amount of medical treatment and even extended stays in burn units, especially third degree scalds. Fortunately, Portland is home to the Oregon Burn Center, which is the only ABA-verified burn treatment center in the state. Many scald victims require assistance in controlling complications including shock, blood loss, infection, and hypothermia. In addition, treatment is often centered around controlling pain and limiting scarring. Victims may need painful procedures such as skin grafts.
In addition to medical treatment for physical injuries, many burn victims require treatment for mental or emotional injuries. Scalding incidents can be traumatic and victims may suffer from PTSD. Furthermore, burn patients may experience depression or anxiety from the pain of the scald or of their new physical appearance with their scars.
Recovering For Your Burn-Related Losses
The cost of treatment for scalding injuries can be great and many burn patients must take time off work to recover, which usually results in lost income. In addition, scald victims can suffer serious intangible losses such as pain and suffering, disfigurement, and more. If your scalding injury occurred because of the negligence of another person or party, you have the legal right to recover for your losses. You need an experienced attorney on your side who can help you hold the responsible person or business liable for your scalding injury.
Call A Portland Scalding Injuries Attorney For A Free Consultation
The scalding injury lawyers at the Johnston Law Firm in Portland have helped many victims of preventable burn injuries recover for their losses. We have the skill and experience needed to stand up for your rights and guide you through every step of your case. If you or a loved one has suffered a scalding injury, please call for a free consultation at (503) 546-3167 as soon as possible.