Burn injuries are among some of the most painful and disfiguring types of injuries. No matter what type of burn injury you’re facing, you can expect to have extensive medical treatments, long-term pain and even psychological trauma. A burn injury can occur from a variety of situations too. Car and truck accidents that result in fire where an occupant is trapped can lead to painful burn injuries. Apartment fires and other structure fires can also lead to burn injuries of trapped occupants. Steam, scalding water, chemicals, radiation and fire can all lead to severe and debilitating burn injuries. After any kind of burn injury caused by the dangerous or negligent actions of another person or business, it’s essential to get in touch with a personal injury attorney who can be your advocate as you recover from your injury.
Potential Causes of Burn Injuries
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Workplace accidents
- House fires
- Apartment fires
- Defective products
- Chemical exposure
- Structure fires
- Electrical fires
- Scalding water
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Since burns can vary widely in severity and coverage, they are divided into three basic categories. A first-degree burn involves damage to just the outer layer of skin, known as the epidermis. Where a first-degree burn is concerned, there isn’t usually severe blistering. Most sunburns can be considered first-degree burns. This burn is superficial and will usually leave patients with red, patch and painful skin.
Second Degree Burn Injury
A second-degree burn injury will involve the outer layer of skin and the second layer below. Both the epidermis and the dermis will have been damaged by a second-degree burn. A second-degree burn can be very painful and leave patients with red skin and significant blistering. A second-degree burn is also known as a partial thickness burn.
Third Degree Burn Injury
A third-degree burn is the most severe. This burn not only destroys and damages the epidermis and the dermis, but it also impacts the underlying structures. Bones, tendons, muscles, ligaments and other body parts below the skin’s surface can become burned and severely damaged by a third-degree burn. This type of burn is also known as a full-thickness burn. In many cases, third-degree burns leave patients with nerve damage.
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Unfortunately, many burns happen due to premises negligence. This can involve hotels or apartment complexes without the appropriate and lawful safety precautions. Smoke alarms, fire escapes, fire extinguishers and other important life-saving devices and equipment can literally make the difference between life and death and the difference between healthy and catastrophically injured. If you suffered from a burn injury due to a dangerous building or structure, you need to bring that concern up with a personal injury lawyer who has proven fire injury and premises liability case experience.
Medical Care Associated With Burn Injuries
Burn injuries require a lot of medical care. Initially, there is the immediate and life-saving care that is necessary. Depending upon the severity of your burn injury, you could be looking at an initial hospital stay for a few days, weeks or even months. During this time, it may be necessary to have various treatments multiple times each day, surgical skin grafts, antibiotics and a variety of other treatments associated with the recovery and rehabilitation of a burn injury. After your initial hospital stay, you might need long-term care and support from a specialized medical team to ensure the best recovery possible. In addition to being lengthy, painful and difficult, burn injury recovery can be very expensive.
Long Term Impact of a Burn Injury
Burn injuries can be especially difficult to recovery from due to the visible damage that occurs. This type of injury can be disfiguring, and the pain associated with a burn injury can be unimaginable. This isn’t the type of injury that you treat and forget about once it’s healed. Burn injuries can have a long-term impact on a person’s life. From lifelong pain and psychological trauma to having to deal with painful and disfiguring scars, nothing about a burn injury is easy to deal with.
Burn injuries can occur in a variety of circumstances. Car accidents, structure fires and chemical exposure can all result in painful and debilitating burn injuries. After any kind of accident that results in a burn injury, it’s critical to speak with a personal injury lawyer who can help to ensure you get the compensation you deserve to cover medical bills and other expenses associated with the injury. If you have suffered from a burn injury or if a loved one is recovering from a debilitating burn injury in Jackson or in any of the surrounding Metro Area communities, contact the skilled and proven Personal Injury team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 265-7766 for a free case consultation.