The Degrees of Burns

Posted by on May 30, 2013 in Health, Personal Injury Law | 2 comments

Burn injuries can be devastating and sometimes have horrifying and potentially deadly consequences. The severity of a burn injury is determined by how many layers of skin the burn penetrates. There are commonly three recognized levels, or degrees, of burn injuries.

First degree burns are the least severe. These burns only penetrate the top layer of the skin, the epidermis. Even though they are not severe, they can still be uncomfortable and may require some form of treatment and a few days of recovery. A sunburn is an example of a common first degree burn.

Second degree burns are those that reach a person’s dermis, the layer of skin directly below the epidermis. These burns are more painful than first degree burns, take longer to heal, and often result in blisters and create a risk of infection.

Third degree burns reach through the epidermis and can result in serious infections and sometimes necessitate amputation. They cause serious damage to the skin and underlying nerves. It is said that once a burn reaches third degree status, it becomes painless because it has destroyed nerve endings that respond to pain at that point. Fourth degree burns are rare, but even more severe. These extend all the way through the lower layers of skin, melting away flesh and leaving behind damaged muscles or bones. They can often result in infection or death.

Burn injuries are a scary experience that can lead to psychological trauma. Suffering through a severe burn because of someone else’s irresponsible actions can be cause for a lawsuit. Filing suit against the party responsible for your burn injury can help you recover compensation for the medical costs and other losses you’ve sustained as a result of another person’s negligent behavior.

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Keeping Your Teeth Clean During Halloween

Posted by on Oct 27, 2012 in Beauty, Health | 0 comments

Halloween is a day many children look forward to all year long and for good reason. Not only do they get to dress up and stay up late, but they also get to go around their neighborhood collecting bags full of free candy. Unfortunately, this candy can also be very damaging to your teeth and overall oral health. When children eat large amount of candy they may be increasing the risk of cavities and other oral health problems.

As a parent, it is important that you take action and monitor your child’s candy intake after Halloween to protect his or her mouth from tooth decay. Fortunately, there are ways your child can keep a healthy and beautiful smile without missing out on the festivities and fun Halloween has to offer. If you have any questions about how you as a parent can promote good oral hygiene during Halloween, talk with a dental professional today.

Tips for Parents When your child comes home with a bag of candy Halloween night, there are a few steps you should take as a parent to ensure they do not put their own oral health in jeopardy. These include the following:

  • Along with going through your childs candy to check for any suspicious-looking candy, you should also go through to look for any really hard candy that could chip your child’s tooth.
  • Don’t let your child eat really sticky candy that can get stuck between teeth easy or also get stuck on your child’s braces
  • Set rules and limits on when and how much candy your child can eat a day
  • Don’t let your child chew gum unless its sugar free
  • Brushing and flossing are as important as ever after Halloween to make sure you remove all of the candy caught between teeth or in your mouth
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Crane Collapse Injuries

Posted by on Aug 16, 2012 in Construction Accident Law, Health, Law | 0 comments

A crane collapse can be one of the most horrifying mechanical errors during a construction project. These accidents are often preventable and can inflict significant injuries that otherwise would not have occurred. If a construction worker is injured because of an avoidable crane collapse, the projects general contractor may be legally liable for the consequences. A worker may be able to obtain compensation for injury-related costs, including medical expenses, through a successful legal action.

Crane collapses may be caused by a variety of problems that are often entirely preventable. Through proper maintenance and care, cranes may be operated with few problems. If an employer fails to ensure that stabilizers and other crucial safety features are working properly on the crane before it is used, the results can be destructive and might inflict upon workers life-changing injuries.

In addition to problems with mechanical failures, the use of the crane needs to be properly planned and prepared for by a general contractor. This requires clearing an area for the use of the crane, making sure that any electrical elements are turned off or safely avoided, and verifying that the crane’s weight can be supported by the ground or platform it is put on during use. If the necessary steps are not taken to ensure safe and well-planned use of the crane, these heavy machines can malfunction and may fall or topple over as a result.

If your injuries were caused by a crane collapse, there may be legal options available to help you seek financial compensation. A New York construction accident attorney can help you to better grasp your options and to take action against the party liable for your injuries and suffering.

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