Burn injuries can have serious and long-lasting cosmetic and medical effects on victims. These burn injuries can require months or even years of medical treatment, physical therapy, cosmetic surgery, and psychological counseling to overcome the damages to victims.
There are over two million burn injuries reported each year in the US, many as a result of negligence on the part of others, including manufacturers of faulty equipment and drivers responsible for vehicle accidents.
Burns can be caused by any of a number of types of accident, including:
- Defective appliances and smoke detectors
- Auto, truck, and motorcycle accidents
- House and apartment fires
Types of burns
Burns are classified according to the extent of the injuries:
- First degree burns affect only the top layer of skin. This type of burn may be painful, but it should heal quickly and completely.
- Second degree burns affect the first and second layers of skin. The skin may blister and fill with fluid.
- Third degree burns penetrate all layers of the skin, as well as underlying tissue. Third degree burns may involve charring of the skin and permanent loss of skin and tissue. In many cases, third degree burns may cause irreversible damage not only to the skin and tissue, but to the nerve endings as well.
Effects of burn injuries
Burn injuries can be painful, physically and psychologically debilitating, and burn victims may be left with years of therapy and rehabilitation, even after the immediate dangers have passed.
After a serious burn injury, many people require extended services such as:
- Ongoing medical treatment
- Cosmetic and reconstructive surgery
- Physical therapy
- Psychological counseling
The extent of these and other expenses can be difficult to predict. That is why it is so important that you consult with an experienced Chattanooga personal injury attorney as soon as possible after the injury. He or she can help you estimate the lifetime costs of the injury, and help you recover the money you and your family need.
Call us for help
If you or a loved one has suffered serious burns as a result of someone else's negligence, call or email our Chattanooga, Tennessee burn injury lawyers today to discuss your case with us. We'll discuss your case with you and help you decide how best to go forward.