Recent advances in medicine have given burn injury victims a better chance of survival and recovery. Burn facilities devoted entirely to treating people with severe burns have cropped up all over the United States, offering life-saving treatments that have significantly reduced the mortality rates associated with burn injuries. Once a victim is stabilized, these treatment centers can even grow replacement skin out of the patient’s own tissues. Unfortunately, however, these treatments are costly and time consuming. And even when burn injury victims undergo advanced treatment, their lives are rarely ever the same. Disfigurement, scarring, and limited mobility often rob them of their ability to work, enjoy an active lifestyle, and maintain relationships.
Understanding Burn Injuries
The degree of pain, tissue damage, and long-term disability depends on the severity of the burn, as well as the amount of a patient’s body that has been burned. There are three types of burn injuries, each which is increasingly more severe in nature:
- First-Degree Burn – First-degree burns only affect the outermost layer of skin and result in redness, pain and swelling. They typically heal on their own within a week or so.
- Second-Degree Burn – This type of burn involves the first two layers of skin and leads to red skin and blistering. Pain is severe and healing can take weeks.
- Third-Degree Burn – Third-degree burns are the most serious types of burns, and affect all three layers of skin. There is often damage to the underlying tissues and organs. Victims with third degree burns must be treated quickly to avoid shock and in some cases, death.
Causes of Burn Injuries
There are numerous causes of burn injuries, but the most common include:
- Fires – 44% of burn injuries are caused by fires or open flames
- Scalding – 33% of burn injuries are caused by hot water burns
- Heat Source – 9% of burn injuries are caused by contact with a hot surface like stove
- Electrical – 4% of burn injuries are caused by electricity
Of all the burn injuries, over 3,000 deaths are the result of residential fire, vehicle crashes, and electricity. Children and the elderly are especially susceptible to serious, and often life-threatening, burn injuries.
Who Is to Blame for Your Burn Injury?
If another party is responsible for your burn injury, it is important to speak with an experienced and skilled personal injury lawyer immediately. A burn injury lawyer will work to establish liability and begin building a case on your behalf. Collecting maximum compensation for your burn injuries will be critical in helping you rebuild your life, especially since the costs associated with treating a burn injury can be staggering. You may need months, and even years, of medical care, rehabilitation, nursing care, skin grafts, and therapy. There may be psychological trauma as well, especially if disfigurement or scarring is permanent. This can lead to severe depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders.
Contact Our Texas Burn Injury Lawyers Today
If you or someone you love has suffered burn injuries in an accident, it is important to choose a law firm with experience representing burn accident victims and their families. At Elissa I. Henry Law Firm, PLLC, our personal injury lawyers understand the medical complications that can arise after a burn injury. With offices conveniently located in Round Rock, Texas, we are here for you when you need us the most. Call us today at (512) 766-4529 for a free consultation and review of your case.