A burn is a type of injury to the skin caused by heat, cold, electricity, chemicals or radiation. Roughly 2.4 million burn injuries are reported annually in the United States. Between 8,000 and 12,000 burn victims will die, and almost 1 million will endure significant or permanent disabilities.
Burns are classified as first, second, third or fourth degree. First-degree burns are usually limited to redness and extend only into the epidermis. Second-degree burns fill with clear fluid, have superficial blistering of the skin and involve more pain. Second-degree burns involve the superficial dermis and may also involve the deep dermis layer. Third-degree burns have charring of the skin and produce hard, leather like scabs. Third-degree burns are often painless because the nerve endings have been destroyed. Fourth-degree burns injure the tissues underlying the skin, such as the muscles or bones.
The destruction of nerves from any burn is extremely dangerous as the ability to feel pain is crucial to survival. Burn injuries affect the skin's ability to prevent loss of body fluids, so burn injuries can lead to dehydration. The skin also regulates body temperature by controlling the amount of evaporation of fluids from the sweat glands. In addition to affecting the body's functioning, burns can also drastically alter a person's appearance. Burns frequently result in permanent scars that are both physically and psychologically damaging to the victim. Burn victims often require skin grafts, skin replacement, physical therapy or reconstructive surgery.
Settlements and jury awards are frequently large in burn cases because of the catastrophic nature of the injury. Compensation depends on the injury and level of damages. In addition to recovery of medical costs, damage awards may also include pain and suffering, impact to lifestyle and potential earnings. Contact Bobby Warner if you or a loved one has been the victim of a burn injury. He is an aggressive advocate when it comes to burn cases and will pursue burn injury claims to the maximum benefit of his clients.
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