Burns are among the most painful injuries a person can sustain; and, they can cause a number of additional side effects, including complications that could severely decrease a person’s quality of life. According to the American Burn Association, over 450,000 burn injuries were medically treated in 2013, and 300 deaths occurred due to vehicle fires alone.
Although fires may initially spring to mind as the cause of burns, other sources include contact with heated metals or liquids, explosions, and even chemicals or radiation burns. Some industries carry a high potential for burns, especially when flammable gases or heavy machinery is involved.
Severe burns can include symptoms such as:
- Respiratory damage
- Nerve damage
- Blood loss
Burn injuries are categorized into four potential degrees. First-degree burns only affect the epidermis, such as sunburn that turns the skin red. Second-degree burn injuries usually include blisters from deeper damage to the skin. The more serious and most painful burns include third-degree burns, which extend into the skin and ultimately destroy your nerve endings, and fourth degree burns, which can extend as deep as the muscles, tendons, and bones under the skin, leading to charring.
Even a seemingly minor burn can cause debilitating pain and other complications. Third and fourth degree burns include severe damage that carries a high potential for long-term disfigurement and other permanent issues.
After receiving a burn, victims will need immediate medical care, and severe burns will likely require long-term medical assistance. The costs of evaluating burn injuries and treating them can add up quickly, as victims may need hospitalization, numerous medications, surgery, skin grafts, and other treatment. If the burn was caused through another party’s negligence, the victim should not have to shoulder financial burdens in addition to their painful injuries.
Find an Experienced Attorney for Burn Injuries
If you or a loved one has been burned, the accident attorneys of The Gutierrez Law Firm can guide you through the process of seeking compensation. We have years of experience in assisting clients facing a range of serious injuries, and we are familiar with the nuances of each unique situation. Contact us today to discuss what options are available to you.