How do you treat extensive burn damage?

On Behalf of | Aug 14, 2020 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

New Jersey drivers like you understand that car crashes are harmful, even deadly. But you may not stop to consider how many things can go wrong before, during and after a crash.

There is always the possibility of a fire breaking out. In turn, this can lead to extensive burn damage on your body or face. How do you handle burn damage at this level of severity?

Degrees of burns

Mayo Clinic discusses burn severity and treatment. There are first, second and third degree burns. First degree burns cause the least amount of damage. Third degree burns create lasting problems for you. Car accident victims can experience burns at any level of severity.

How you treat a burn depends on the severity. In all cases, you want a doctor to look over your injuries first. They are the only people who can truly determine how severe your injury is and what treatment you need. First degree may be the least severe, but it can still cause massive damage to the epidermis.

Second degree burns affect the epidermis and dermis. Severe pain often accompanies this. Burns at this level can scar, too. You may face blistering, swelling and skin discoloration in addition to redness.

Burn severity and permanent damages

Third degree burns reaches the fat layer beneath the dermis. At this level, nerves are often damaged or destroyed. This leads to numbness, tingling or other permanent changes to sensation. At this level, doctors may determine that you need a skin graft. Damage from third degree burns takes a long time to recover from. Due to the extensive and expensive recovery process, you may wish to pursue damages.