Minnesota Third Degree Burn Injury Attorney

A full-thickness burn, or third degree burn, is the most severe type of burn.  Swelling and blistering is present due to loss of fluid from the damaged blood vessels and if a person loses a significant amount of fluid, they could go into shock.  An intravenous drip is required during the first 24 hours and when the burn covers more than 20% of the body.

During the second 24 hours, debridement will occur to remove the dead skin to minimize infection, the burn wounds will be cleaned and the dressing needs to be changed regularly.

New skin will start to form once the dead skin is completely removed from the wound.  Skin from an undamaged part of the body will be removed and used as skin grafting treatment where the skin will be expanded until it reveals a permanent mesh design in the grafted skin.

The skin growing over the wound, or the grafted skin, will be thinner than the rest of the body’s skin because it is only epidermis cells.  The thinner skin will cause permanent issues like:

  • Dryness due to damaged oil glands
  • Eczema in the thinner skin which will cause it to break down and become scaly.
  • Intolerance to extreme hot and cold temperatures
  • More prone to wrinkles

Complications of Third Degree Burn Injuries

As with any injury, third degree burn injuries can present complications, including:

  • Increased heart rate and blood pressure.  This is because the body experiences a massive fluid shift and a chemical reaction in the tissue.  Complications should only last for 24 hours.
  • Infection because the immune system is broken down due to parts of the skin missing.
  • Risk of tetanus in burn wounds.  If the victim has not had a tetanus shot in the last five years, a booster shot would be required.
  • Compromised circulation when burns encompass an extremity (elevating the limbs can prevent swelling)
  • In some severe cases, kidney failure can be a risk because myoglobin and hemoglobin can be released from the damaged muscles and red blood cells.

Recovering from a third degree burn can be slow and painful, but it is achievable with tenacity and strength.  At Tarshish Cody,  we understand the emotional and physical pain you or your loved one will experience during their road to recovery.  It is important to seek legal advice from a reputable personal injury law firm who can take care of the legal complexities for you while you focus on recovering.

We welcome your call today at 952-856-003 (or fill out the free Case Evaluation Form) to learn more about burn injuries and to find out how we can help you recover the compensation you deserve.

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