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Teen Receives Second Degree Burns at Fast Food Restaurant


Burn injuries can be very serious and can affect victims after the initial incident. Often times, a victim may not be aware of the extent of the damage for some time after the initial incident. Such is the case of 16-year-old Ryan Rydholm of Rockford, Illinois.

CBS News affiliate WIFR in Rockford reported that Rydholm received second degree burns on his leg and foot when he accidentally stepped into the filtering bin of the deep fryer he was draining at a local Kentucky Fried Chicken Restaurant. Workers provided Rydholm with burn gel for the pain but decided that his injuries did not necessitate calling an ambulance. Instead, they urged him to call his mother to take him to the emergency room. Thankfully, a customer in the restaurant called 9-1-1 and an ambulance took the boy to OSF St. Anthony’s burn unit where he was listed in serious condition.

Second Degree Burn Injuries

Second degree burn injuries, like those sustained by Rydholm, consist of the two outer layers of skin (epidermis and dermis, respectively) being damaged and are very painful as nerves in the outer layers of skin are affected. Severe blistering and scarring can result from such injuries, especially on more sensitive areas of the body. Though rare, it is possible for second degree burns to necessitate specialized treatment beyond standard treatment for burns.

Burns and Liability

“It was his very first job and all he could say sitting on the sidewalk was ‘They’re probably going to fire me mom,'” said Rydholm’s mother. While the case is still under investigation by the Rockford fire department, KFC franchise spokesman Joseph Adams has already said that the company will allow workers’ compensation to pay for Rydholm’s medical bills. Liability can often be a touchy issue with minors. “They’re responsible for my 16-year-old son. I trusted them,” Rydholm’s mother stated.

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