Fire officials are investigating the cause of a lawnmower that caught on fire on Monday that resulted in Florida personal injuries to a commercial landscape worker. Tim Gallagher, a Pembroke Pines Rescue Spokesman, reported to the Sun Sentinel, that the 27-year-old man was riding the lawnmower when it busted into flames on Monday and has sustained second-degree burns on over 40 percent of his body. The worker had to be airlifted to a nearby burn hospital.
All burns are serious and are classified according to the severity of the injury. Burns are categorized as first-degree, second-degree or third-degree. First-degree burns are usually minor burns and the injured party may suffered from some pain and discomfort. The Mayo Clinic recommends that burn sufferers take over-the-counter medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and Advil to relieve their systems. Also, the Clinic does not recommend the use of ice for burns. Rather, minor burn injuries can be treated with cool water.
Second-degree burns are much more severe than a first-degree burn and occur when the burn has burned through the first and the dermis layers of skin. A second-degree burn injury often results in blistering, reddened area of the skin, and pain and suffering. Second-degree burns that are 3 inches or less can be treated as minor injuries, but if the burn area is larger or to the buttocks, groin, face or feet, then treatment from a medical provider should be sought immediately. Similarly, third-degree burns are the most severe of all.
Third-degree burns will burn through all layers of the skin and can cause serious tissue damages. Persons who have sustained a third-degree burn could be affected with muscle and fat damage, as well as bone injury. Burn injuries are common occurrences in the workplace, and also a result of defective equipment and car accidents. If you have recently suffered a Florida burn injury as a result of someone’s negligence or from a defective product, you should contact our office to speak with one our attorneys about your case.
It may be possible that you have a potential lawsuit to recover monetary compensation for your injuries. Our Fort Lauderdal epersonal injury lawyers represent residents throughout the state of Florida when they have been hurt or injured in an accident. Our attorneys will discuss your situation and provide you with the advice you need to determine whether or not you should pursue a civil action against the alleged wrongdoer. If a jury finds that your claims have substance and that you are able to prove your claim based upon the preponderance of evidence, you could receive a monetary award for your medical expenses and pain and suffering.
We caution our clients who believe that burn injuries are catastrophic injuries. Besides the physical damage which is affected, often burn suffers will experience long-term psychological effects due to the trauma that have endured. Our Fort Lauderdale accident attorneys are here to help you or a family member that has been hurt or harmed in a burn accident. Contact our office today to consult with an attorney about your circumstances.
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