The Prognosis of a Severe Burn
We’ve all experienced a mild burn in our lifetime, such as a sunburn or burn from accidentally touching a hot stove. However, when an accident occurs and causes a severe burn injury that can be life-threatening, the healing process can be a long and difficult one. Here’s what you need to know:
The Types of Burns
Burns are categorized as “degrees.” Here are the characteristics of each:
- First-degree burns, also known as “superficial burns,” affect the skin’s outer layer (epidermis). A first-degree burn can be identified by redness and pain at the burn site with no blistering. First-degree burns may be caused by sunburns, scalds, or rug burns and can take 7 to 10 days for a full recovery.
- Second-degree burns, also known as “partial-thickness burns,” affect the outer (epidermis) and under (dermis) layers of skin. A second-degree burn can be identified by pain, redness, blisters, and swelling at the burn site. Second-degree burns may be caused by severe sunburns, contact with boiling water, open flames, or chemicals. They can take up to three weeks for a full recovery; however, victims may see some scarring or change in pigmentation in some cases.
- Third-degree burns, also referred to as “full-thickness burns,” are the most grave, causing severe damage to the skin’s epidermis and dermis. A third-degree burn can be identified by white or charred skin at the burn site. Victims of third-degree burns will also experience nerve damage and loss of sensation in the affected area. Third-degree burns can take over three weeks to recover, and skin grafting may be necessary.
The Complications of Third-Degree Burns
A third-degree burn is a catastrophic injury, meaning that it is serious with long-term, life-altering consequences. Victims of third-degree burns are often faced with the following challenges:
- Organ damage
- Scars and disfigurement
- Emotional and mental health challenges
- Quality of life
- Financial strains
- Unable to acquire employment due to limitations
Suffered a Burn Injury? We Can Help.
Being involved in an accident that caused a burn injury is a traumatic experience, and often the result is permanent and life-altering. The long-term consequences could mean years of medical treatments and other therapies — which can pose financial burdens for you and your family.
When an injury happens because of another’s carelessness, our team of skilled personal injury lawyers wants to help you hold them accountable for their actions. We’re in your corner to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
Contact Peterson & Associates, P.C. at 1 (816) 683-3278 and discuss your potential case with us today.