The effects of a severe burn injury are painful and lasting. Not only are victims subjected to excruciating pain and prolonged recovery times, but they are also forced to deal with the mental scars of permanent disfigurement. Medical professionals classify burns as first, second, or third degree injuries. Third degree burns are the most severe, sometimes resulting from such catastrophic events as explosions or collapsed structures. When these injuries occur, trust an experienced Georgia burn injury lawyer to assist you with filing a claim for compensation.
The immediate consequences
The severity of a third degree burn often requires weeks or months of hospitalization, along with numerous surgeries and other interventions. Initial treatment includes the removal of dead skin and tissue from the burned areas of the body. Physicians may then use skin grafts from uninjured parts of the body to cover the burned areas. This involves the surgical removal of healthy skin, which is then placed over the burns to promote quicker recovery. Unfortunately, this widely used procedure carries its own risks. Some patients experience bleeding or loss of sensation, and infection is a constant concern during burn treatment. According to an article by Medscape, more than 61% of burn-related fatalities result from infection to the wounds.
The healing process
The initial treatment process of a severe burn does not resolve the physical suffering. Even after returning home, the injured party must endure significant pain as he or she continues the healing process. They must regularly clean the damaged areas, and they often tolerate painful blisters. Burn victims also commonly experience swelling and severe itching as affected nerve endings begin to heal. Other lasting effects of a severe burn include:
- Overheating due to the skin’s inability to sweat
- Discoloration of damaged skin
- Extreme dryness or cracking of the skin
- Sensitivity to temperatures and sun exposure
Burn victims not only endure the physical effects of their injuries, but they also experience long-term psychological challenges. They may face post traumatic stress, brought on by the injuring event. Additionally, the physical disfigurement of the burns can lead to depression and feelings of isolation. This is why many burn centers treat victims from a comprehensive perspective, addressing the physical, mental, and financial effects. For example, the staff of the Grady Burn Center in Atlanta includes physicians, social workers, physical therapists, and psychiatrists.
Severe burns are life-threatening injuries with life-changing consequences. Victims deserve to be compensated for the physical, mental, and financial challenges that accompany these traumatic circumstances. Trust the Atlanta and Savannah-based lawyers of Harris Lowry Manton LLP to handle the details of your severe burn case, so you can focus on the healing process. Please call us at 407.998.8847 in Atlanta, at 912.417.3774 in Savannah, or fill out our contact form.