Alabama Scald Injuries
More than 500,000 preventable scalding injuries occur annually in the United States, according to The Burn Foundation. Some 112,000 of those injuries result in treatment in hospital emergency rooms. Scald injuries, which are a result of exposure to hot water, moist heat or vapors, generally produce first- and second-degree burns but can cause life-threatening injuries and higher-degree burns.
The American Burn Association indicates that scald injuries account for some one-third of all burn injuries requiring treatment, with 100 of those injuries leading to death. Most often, it is older adults and children who suffer scald injuries. Scald injuries are the second most common type of burn injury, with the most common cause of a scald being hot tap water. Hot tap water accounts for 17 percent of all tap water childhood scalding hospitalizations. Most of these incidents are a result of household water heaters being set at temperatures above 120 degrees Fahrenheit, according to Health Central Encyclopedia.
Hot water or liquid can cause third-degree burns in:
- one second at 156 degrees Fahrenheit.
- two seconds at 149 degrees Fahrenheit.
- five seconds at 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
- 15 seconds at 133 degrees Fahrenheit.
A minor scald also requires the following action:
- Apply ice or cold water immediately.
- Use aspirin or acetaminophen for pain.
- Do not break blisters.
- Do not use antiseptic creams or sprays.
- Contact your physician should you experience pain for more than 48 hours, as the injury could be more severe than you originally thought.
If you sustain a serious scald injury, you should seek appropriate and immediate medical attention. The Health Center Encyclopedia indicates that severe scalds will necessitate prompt medical attention and may require hospitalization, antibiotics or skin grafts. After getting adequate medical treatment, you should call Hollis, Wright, Clay and Vail, P.C. to determine if you have a viable injury claim and are eligible for compensation.
Should you need representation due to damage or injury caused by a scald injury, or need help with any other personal injury claim, we can help. Please call us at 205.324.3600 or 1.844.LAW.TALK to speak to one of our caring and experienced attorneys.