When you’ve suffered a serious personal injury, it can bring your life to a standstill. There’s nothing, however, that compares to the pain and suffering that comes with a serious burn injury. Not only can you experience excruciating physical pain from the burn itself, but you may have substantial scarring or disfigurement, destruction or damage to nerves, impaired flexibility or mobility and even psychological consequences of the accident. It’s also customary to require extensive physical therapy or rehab after a serious burn injury.
According to the American Burn Association, burn injuries remain one of the leading causes of unintentional death and injury in the country, with nearly half a million people suffering burn injuries over a five year period. While 97% of burn victims survive, they often face life-long physical challenges.
The Causes of Serious Burn Injuries
Statistics indicate that most burn injuries are sustained in the home. Serious burns are less likely to be the result of exposure to an open flame than as a result of proximity to heat or exposure to electrical current. Scalds are another common source of serious and catastrophic burn injuries.
Treating a Burn Injury
To effectively treat a burn injury, the first thing doctors need to do is remove damaged or burned skin. When the burn is relatively minor, this will help speed healing, allowing skin to regenerate. However, even if the skin grows back, it may feel or look different, and may not have the elasticity it had prior to the burn.
In the case of a serious burn, your skin may not be able to regenerate on its own. In such a situation, you may need a skin graft, where healthy skin is taken from another part of your body and attached to or grafted on to the damaged area.
Contact the Attorneys at Mallon & Tranger
We offer a free initial consultation to anyone who has suffered any type of loss or injury as a result of the carelessness or negligence of another person. To set up a meeting, contact us online or call us at 732-410-6094 (toll free at 877-320-0692) for an appointment. We have offices in Freehold, Toms River and Point Pleasant.