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?
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.
Call A Portland Scalding Injury 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.
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