Common Injuries from Car, Motorcycle, Truck and Equipment Accidents
Every single year, more than 1.1 million people in the United States seek medical attention because of a burn injury. Some of these burns are serious enough to cause significant disfigurement, impairment, and even death. In fact, in 2016 more than 40,000 patients who suffered a burn injury needed to be hospitalized because of their injury. Even worse, 75 percent of those resulted in patients seeking treatment at a burn center after being burned so badly.
Burn injuries are some of the most painful and life-changing injuries an accident victim can suffer. Injury victims may need years of extensive rehabilitation and plastic surgeries. Sadly, even with extensive treatment, many burn injury victims will not recover fully from their injuries. This can result in a lifetime of pain, suffering, and emotional distress.
Due to the traumatic nature of these injuries, burn injury victims need a lawyer in their corner from the very start. Your Arkansas burn injury lawyer will need to fight aggressively for your future, and for your right to full and complete compensation.
What is a Burn Injury?
When your body comes into contact with hot water, fire, or heat, the skin, muscles, and tissue can become damaged. In general, there are four distinct types of burns. Each burn is classified by the severity of the damage suffered.
This type of burn typically involves damage to the outer portion of skin, known as the epidermis. These burns are often red and sometimes painful. However, these burns typically heal quickly and do not require extensive medical treatment.
Second-degree burns involve some injury to both the first and second layers of skin. Typically, second-degree burns are more painful and often swell. Blisters may form on the surface of the skin, and there is the possibility of some skin loss. Second-degree burns look wet and shiny and are often very red. Sometimes, second-degree burns result in permanent scarring.
Third-degree burns are also called full-thickness burns because they damage the entire outer two layers of skin. These burns are not red and often painless since the nerve endings are typically damaged. These burns are usually black, brown, or white and will not heal without extensive treatment. Instead, burn victims often need to undergo surgeries and skin grafting. In extreme cases, amputation may be necessary in order to prevent complications.
Of all the burns, this type of burn is the most life-threatening. All of the layers of the skin, as well as muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones beneath the skin, are completely burned and destroyed. These burns look black and are painless. Amputation is typically required to prevent further life-threatening complications.
Causes of Burn Injuries
There are many different ways an accident victim could suffer a burn injury. The most common include:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Fires or open flames
- Hot objects
In a vehicle, the accident victim can suffer burns when their body comes into contact with hot objects or the pavement. In other situations, the vehicle may catch on fire, resulting in catastrophic burns.
Of all the different ways a burn can occur, fires and hot liquids are the most common. These two make up 77 percent of all burn injury accidents. Sadly, children are the victims in more than 66 percent of all scald accidents.
Burn Injury Treatment & Long-Term Prognosis
Burn injury victims may spend extensive time in a hospital or burn trauma center. They may need to undergo plastic surgeries and skin grafts for years. Initially, doctors will need to stabilize the patient and prevent excessive fluid loss and organ failure. Once the initial wound has been treated, burn victims may require months and even years of therapy.
The majority of burn injury victims will survive their injuries, but their lives may never be the same.
According to the National Institutes of Health, burn injuries have a long-lasting impact on the quality of a person’s life. Problems related to scarring, contractures, weakness, and thermoregulation can make living life difficult. In addition, burn injury victims often suffer body image issues and emotional distress. There may be significant disfigurement and scar tissue, making it difficult to enjoy their lives, maintain relationships, and continue employment.
Our Experience Matters
At Rainwater, Holt & Sexton, our Arkansas burn injury lawyers know how devastating a burn injury can be to accident victims. We know that these injuries often result in a lifetime of pain and suffering. That’s why we fight aggressively for our burn injury clients, to help them obtain the maximum compensation they are entitled to. We have helped numerous injured accident victims in Arkansas and Tennessee put their lives together again after a serious burn injury. While no amount of compensation could ever right the wrongs that have been done, you and your family should not have to suffer unnecessary financial burdens as well. Here are just a few of the injury settlements we have obtained for our clients.
We’re There When You Need Us
If you’ve suffered a serious burn injury in an accident, you need a law firm on your side that has experience representing burn injury victims. At Rainwater, Holt, & Sexton, our burn injury attorneys know that burn injuries can result in significant disability and disfigurement. This can lead to a lifetime of pain and suffering, as well as large medical bills. That’s why we fight aggressively for burn injury victims from the moment they step into our office.
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