Burn injuries, unlike many other injuries–such as broken bones and strained muscles–can leave you with permanent injuries and scars that dramatically change your life. Serious burns not only leave scarring or physical reminders: there is often mental or emotion scarring that requires counseling to fully recover.
There are many ways that severe burn injuries can happen. Among the most common are:
- Gas explosions
- Fire from an automobile accident
- Work related accidents
- Chemical burns
- Hot water heater or furnace explosion
- Electrical burns
- Scalding water
- House fires from a cigarette that was not extinguished
Outside of cause, there are also three types of burns, ranging in severity:
- First-degree burns: These are the least serious. They are accompanied by mild pain and redness of the affected skin.
- Second-degree burns: More serious than first-degree burns and can cause the skin to blister. They can also result in permanent scarring.
- Third-degree burns: These are the most serious. Extensive medical treatment is required, and patients are usually referred to a burn center or burn specialist. Permanent scarring and painful recovery is the norm.
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious second-degree or full thickness third-degree burn as a result of another party’s negligence, it is important to seek the assistance of a skilled personal injury lawyer. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, past and future medical expenses, permanent scarring and disfigurement, physical and emotional pain and suffering, and any lost income. Contact us today at our Southaven, Mississippi office to begin the path to healing physically, emotionally, and financially.