First Aid for Thermal Burns

A thermal burn is an injury caused by contact with a hot object or open flame; sadly, it is a very common form of harm. About 500,000 people seek medical treatment for thermal burns every year, with countless others suffering more minor burns that do not need medical attention. Because these incidents happen so frequently, it is important to know how to respond to one.

If you or a loved one has suffered from a burn injury caused by another party’s negligence, you could have grounds for a personal injury claim. An Iowa personal injury lawyer of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. will fight on your behalf both in and out of court. Call our offices at 877-327-2600 to learn more.

Evaluating a Burn

Relatively small surface burns can often be treated at home, but more serious injuries require emergency medical treatment. A burn needs professional evaluation and treatment if:

  • The injury’s diameter is wider than your palm
  • The skin around the injury looks dry, white, or charred
  • The injury is on the face, hands, or genitals
  • The victim has lost consciousness
  • The victim is experiencing signs of shock (cold skin, breathing difficulty, rapid heartbeat)

When in doubt about the severity of an injury, it is always best to call a healthcare professional.

Administering First Aid

If a burn is severe, keep the area elevated and wrapped in cool, clean towels while you wait for help to arrive. Less serious burns can be treated by:

  • Washing the injury with cold, clean water
  • Applying a fresh bandage
  • Monitoring for signs of infection until it fully heals

If the victim is in pain, over-the-counter painkillers are usually sufficient for mild injuries.

Contact an Iowa Burn Injury Lawyer

Even mild burns are painful and potentially dangerous due to the risk of infection. If you or a member of your family has been harmed by a negligent party, contact the Iowa burn injury attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.

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