A person who suffers a burn injury is sure to experience significant pain
as a result. However, the more severe the burn, the more intense the pain
and the more likely the burn will cause some sort of permanent debilitation.
When seeking compensation from a negligent third party that caused the
burn injury, it is important to note both the severity of the burn and
the lingering or lifelong consequences of it.
According to medical journals, burn injuries can be categorized into the
following severity degrees:
First: A slight burn that will redden the skin and cause pain, but it should heal
readily with appropriate care, such as hydration and ointment.
Second: A burn that causes significant pain and may whiten the skin. It is advised
to bring the burn injury victim to the hospital to prevent infection and
to receive appropriate medications, perhaps including painkillers.
Third: A severe burn that blackens the skin and caused crippling pain. Underlying
tissues may be damaged by a third-degree burn, requiring surgery or skin
grafts to correct. Medical attention is required, which could include
Fourth: An extreme burn that destroys several layers of tissue, possibly down to
the bone or internal organs. Immediate emergency medical attention is
required. If the patient survives initial treatments, permanent disability
should be expected.
Fifth and sixth: Burns so severe or covering so much of a person’s body, they are
not considered to be survivable.
Lifelong Consequences of Serious Burn Injuries
A patient who survives a severe burn injury will likely be affected by
the injury for the rest of their life. Permanent disfiguration around
the burn site is nearly guaranteed. If the burn affected a bone or muscle,
it might not be possible to ever use the burned limb ever again. Organs
damaged by a burn may become disabled or inefficient, which can cause
a variety of secondary complications as well.
Adjusting to life after suffering a severe burn injury is understandably
difficult for many people. They might not be able to return to work for
quite some time. When they do, it might also be necessary to be placed
into another role due to burn debilitations. Close family members can
also be affected, as they might have to readjust their personal lives
to help care for the burn injury patient.
When everything is totaled – real damages and emotional harm –
the consequences of a burn injury are extensive in most cases. Strong-Garner-Bauer
P.C. and our Springfield personal injury lawyers can be retained to help
you prosecute a claim or lawsuit that pursues any and all damages, if
your burn was caused by the negligence of a third party. We will fight
tirelessly to get you fair and complete compensation for your injury,
settlement or verdict.
We want to hear from you. Call 417.855.2022 to tell us about your burn
injury claim during a free evaluation.