Posted on August 31, 2011 in Personal Injury
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Burn injuries could be the resulted by many various causes. Some of which includes friction, heat, and even electricity. Burn injuries are mainly about the type of tissues that is affected, the severity of the burn injury, as well as the medical complication that is the result of burn injuries. This type of injury can cause damages other than on the skin itself- it could affect the victims muscles, bones, as well as blood vessels.
Burn injuries victim could experience great pain due to the damages to the nerve endings. Burn injuries could be fatal, as there is a wide range of potentially fatal complication that could occur from the injury. These complications include electrolyte imbalance, shock, respiratory injury, and also infection of the skin and muscles. Burn injuries could also cause emotional and psychology distress due to the possibility of scarring and physical deformity.
Some of the legal rights to compensation of a burn injury survivor include payment of medical expenses, be it in the past (during the accident) or in the future (due to the burn injuries), compensation for the loss of income during the recovery period of burn injury, and even vocational rehabilitation.
Burn injuries victim could also be compensated for the pain and suffering that they have to endure. This could include the horrific suffering and pain that the victim has to endure, be it at the present of in the future as a result from the burn injuries or any cosmetic disfigurement. The spouse of a burn survivor is also entitled to compensation in the event that the injury is so severe that it interferes with spousal relations. Such relations include loss of support, companionship, love, affection, society, and even sexual relations.
Types of treatment for burn injuries depend on the types of burn, which is how deeply it has affected the tissues. There are mainly three categories of burn, as individuals may have commonly heard; these categories are namely first, second, as well as third degree burns. First degree burn or superficial burn is limited only to the epidermis. It is regarded as by heat, pain, reddening of the burned area, moistening, but it rarely blister or char the tissues. This type of burn usually heals in three to seven days and seldom forms scars.
On the other hand, second degree burns or sometimes referred to as partial thickness burns, destroy the epidermal layers as well as extend into the dermis layer. It could cause damage to sweat glands and hair follicles. Often than not, it is extremely painful, with intense swelling. Last but not least, third degree burn is also commonly known as a full thickness burn. It damages all the dermal and epidermal skin layers, and extends below hair follicles, sweat glands, and also the fat tissues. This type of burn injuries causes skin to char and become leathery, and often appear depressed in comparison with the surrounding tissues.
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