Burn injuries can be one of the most painful and dangerous injuries a person can sustain. It is estimated there are over 1 million burn injuries each year, resulting in more than 40,000 victims hospitalized with these injuries. Burn injuries can happen by electric shock, a car accident, a defective product, or other incident caused by the negligence of a third-party. If you have been suffered a burn injury in an accident, you may want to discuss your case with a seasoned Virginia personal injury attorney.
In addition to the pain and scarring often left by burn injuries, these types of injuries are also susceptible to complications which can be lead to serious damage and even death.
One of the most common complications that occur with burn injuries is infection. Our skin acts as a barrier, guarding the body against bacteria. Burns damage the skin, leaving it unable to protect and guard against harmful contaminants.
Burn victims are particularly susceptible to developing sepsis. Sepsis spreads quickly throughout the body and attacks the body’s organs, leading to death if not caught in time.
It is not uncommon for a burn victim to develop blood clots in their arms and legs. This is usually due to the amount of time a burn victim is required to rest and stay in bed. The body’s circulation system can be affected, causing the clots to develop.
Low Blood Volume
Burns damage not only the skin, but can also damage blood vessels if the damage to the skin goes deep enough. If too many blood vessels are damaged, the body is unable to maintain required blood flow, leaving the heart unable to pump enough blood throughout the body.
Scars and Mobility Limitations
Even minor burns can leave scarring. The more severe the burn, the more at risk the victim is at deep scarring and disfigurement. If the burn damage was deep, the victim may also be left with limited mobility in the area, as well.
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In addition to the physical injuries, many burn victims are left with deep psychological injuries from the trauma they have endured. The intense pain and extensive healing process, as well as the scarring and disfigurement the injuries leave, can be emotionally devastating to victims. Some of the most common mental health issues include post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, reduced self-image, and low self-esteem.
Call a Va. Accident Attorney Today
If you or a loved one has suffered burn injuries from an accident caused by someone else’s negligence or recklessness, contact a Virginia burn injury attorney to discuss what legal options you may have against the at-fault party. Our legal team will work diligently, using all available resources, to get you the financial compensation you deserve for your injuries. We have successfully represented many burn victims and their families who have suffered horrific losses.