How Serious are Burn Injuries?
Written by Greg on March 3, 2020
Burns can happen due to various circumstances. Burns are among the most painful of all injuries you may suffer. Besides being painful, burns are often serious and can even be life-threatening. Significant burns can be life-altering and might require ongoing care, and surgery and treatment can be expensive. When a burn occurs due to someone’s negligent actions, that person might be held responsible for your medical bills and other damages.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Burn Injuries
Burn injuries can vary significantly in their severity. Burns are classified into three main categories:
- First-Degree Burns – The least severe of the classifications, first-degree burns impact the outermost layers of skin and cause redness and pain.
- Second-Degree Burns – These penetrate the dermis, the second layer of skin. They are often painful and will cause scarring.
- Third-Degree Burns – Severe burns that reach the deeper layers of skin and can reach beyond the skin into the tissues, muscles, and organs. These are the most painful and difficult burns to treat, and recovery is lengthy and complicated.
A physician will evaluate a patient to determine the classification of burns. They will also determine the portion of the body affected by burns. For example, you may hear that a patient has burned over 80% of his or her body. The more serious the burns and the more substantial portion of the body affected, the more difficult the recovery. Some burns are life-threatening and could cause damage to the body’s organ function.
Second and third-degree burns are severe and often require hospitalization. Sometimes, the patient may require breathing apparatus and sedation. The American Burn Association provides lists of medical facilities designated as burn centers. Burn center teams have specialized training in the treatment and rehabilitation of burn patients. Patients with severe burns in the Houston area may get treatment at the John S. Dunn Sr. Burn Center, part of Memorial Hermann-TMC, Texas Trauma Institute.
What Causes Burns?
Many types of situations can cause burns. Burns may be caused by exposure to chemicals or fire. Accident victims such as those hurt in vehicle crashes could suffer burns. Burns can also occur due to building and stove fires, explosions, and chemical spills. When the negligent actions of someone else cause a burn injury, that party may be responsible for your damages. For instance, the company may be negligent for a chemical spill at a manufacturing plant if it failed to provide adequate training to employees or improperly store or utilize substances that could be hazardous.
Speak to a Lawyer about your Burn Injury
If you suffered burns in an accident, you might have to undergo extensive and expensive treatment. Also, once treatment is complete, you may need to have reconstructive surgery such as skin grafts or plastic surgery to improve your appearance. Burn treatment is often lengthy, difficult, and painful. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Contact the burn lawyers in Houston at the Baumgartner Law Firm to learn how we can help you get the compensation you deserve.
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