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Chesapeake, VA Personal Injury Attorney Info: What to Do When a Burn Accident Occurs at Home?

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According to The Virginian-Pilot, two people were injured in a Newort News, Virginia (VA) house fire fed by gas leaking from a damaged gas meter in early July 2011. The event is just one of hundreds eash year that illustrates how burn injuries can occur at any time.

 When emergency crew is not available, follow these tips for treating a burn at home:

  • Keep anyone severely burned warm to prevent hypothermia.
  • Do NOT rub butter, oil or ice on burns, and never wrap a second- or third-degree burn in cotton or other types of bandages.
  • Do apply a ight gauze to a mild burn after running the affected area under cool water.
    Have burns looked at by a doctor as soon as possible, especially if the skin bubbles and peels.

When a serious burn injury causes you or a loved one to miss work, incur medical expenses or suffer emotional distress, look to a Virginia personal injury attorney to evaluate the causes of the burn accident to hold the responsible parties accountable for any damages. We see cases where a defective product like a heater or electric blanket results in house fires. Also, if you rent and the landlord was negligent in causing the fire by failure to keep the building within codes for safety, then the tenant may have a valid VA insurance claim or lawsuit.

LC
 
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