Each year, more than 500,000 people in the United States seek medical care for injuries due to burns. Unfortunately, burn injuries are very common because there are several potential causes, including:
- Car accidents
- Dangerous chemicals
- Extremely hot liquids
- Explosions burn injuries
- Faulty electrical wiring
- Poorly designed and dangerous products
- Many more
A serious burn injury has horrible and lasting physical and psychological consequences. If a burn injury was caused by someone else’s negligence, you need and deserve compensation for what you have suffered and continue to suffer. The Arizona burn injury lawyers at Snyder & Wenner have seen the trauma and devastation burn injuries can cause to victims. The pain does not end with the burn injury accident. It continues through skin grafts, infections, scarring, and plastic surgery. We admire your courage and endurance—and we want to help if we can.
What Types Of Burn Injuries Are There?
Most people know that burn injuries are categorized by their severity.
- First-degree burns include minor burns that result in soreness and visual marking on the outer layer of the skin.
- Second-degree burns result in redness and blisters in the first and second layers of the skin, which cause additional damage.
- Third-degree burns cause damage to all three layers of the skin and the underlying tissue. These burns are the most serious and devastating of the three levels.
What Types of Injuries Do Burns Cause?
In addition to the severe trauma to the skin, burns also lead to infection, fever, tissue damage, organ failure, poor blood circulation, and other significant problems. Effects to the skin may be obvious, but what is not as commonly known is that burn injuries can also result in significant nerve injury that will permanently affect your life.
What Type of Treatment Is Available for Burn Injuries?
Severe burn injuries are typically permanent. Disfigurement can lead to significant emotional distress and depression. The pain can be overwhelming. Rehabilitation is usually lengthy and often does not result in significant improvement.
Depending on the severity of the burn, a skin graft may be necessary to allow the burn to heal as well as it can. The surgeon will take a piece of skin from another portion of your body and place it over the damaged skin. While this does not fully fix the problem, it sometimes can provide relief of the pain and disfigurement.