Burn injuries can have a wide range of effects and each will be taken into account when determining your personal injury case.
In a recent sample year, almost 2.5 million people suffered burn injuries in the United States. Burn injuries can bring about extreme physical and emotional trauma, depending upon the severity of the burn. If injured with a severe burn injury through a personal injury, it is important to get in touch with a Louisiana catastrophic injury lawyer right away.
Burns are classified by their characteristics as either first, second or third degree. First degree burns are the mildest and affect only the top layer of skin. Second-degree burns affect skin layers beneath the top layer, are more severe, and can result in blisters and severe pain. Third-degree burns, the most severe burns, involve all layers of the skin and tissue underlying the skin. Third-degree burns can result in nerve damage as well.
People who suffer burn injuries, whether, from home or work fires, automobile collisions, work injuries or other unexpected tragedies can suffer permanent effects. Burn injury victims often suffer smoke inhalation in addition to external burns.
Burn injuries may result from defective products, defective wiring or neglect.
A burn injury can be very painful and at times can lead to disfigurement. Heat, radiation, chemicals, and even electricity may cause burn injuries. The extent of the damage done to the skin determines the severity of a burn injury. Then the injury can be termed as first, second, or a third degree burn. These may occur as the result of an accident. In this case, you might want to consider hiring the services of a personal injury attorney in Louisiana.
In order to understand the classification of burns, it is important to first know the structure of the skin. Three layers compose the human skin – epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous. First degree burns only affect the epidermis while a second-degree burn extends into the dermis. Burn injuries that reach the subcutaneous layer are classified as third degree.
Complicated burn injuries extend beyond damage to the skin and can destroy the muscles, nerves, blood vessels, and even bone. A severe burn injury can cause extensive emotional and psychological trauma besides the physical pain and suffering. A personal injury lawyer can help you claim damages and compensation for medical expenses and lost income as well as non-economic damages.
Chemical burns generally happen at the workplace due to exposure to substances like sodium hydroxide, sulfuric acid, and nitric acid. Electrocution can also cause burn injuries, especially internally, so not much evidence of this will be visible externally. Hot oils and other liquids can also lead to burns. Frostbite is also a kind of burn brought on only by extreme cold.
Burn injuries sustained on the face are usually considered more serious primarily because they can impact the person’s ability to breathe or see. Meanwhile, burns to the hand, feet, or fingers can affect the individual’s mobility to a great extent. Other factors that affect the seriousness of the injury include the age of the victim, as well as their physical and mental well-being at the time of the incident.
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