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Serious complications could arise from burn injuries

Most people in Houma have suffered some sort of minor burn during their lifetime. For example, a person could burn themselves taking something hot out of the oven, or they may get a sunburn from staying outside too long. These minor burns usually do not require much special treatment, and heal fairly quickly.

However, sometimes a person suffers a more serious burn. Second-degree and third-degree burns are more serious injuries, which may require professional medical care. It is important that these burns are treated appropriately, as complications from such burns can arise.

There are numerous complications that could follow a burn. The burn could become infected, which could lead to shock and organ failure. A person's blood volume could go down if the burn damaged the person's blood vessels. A person's body temperature could become dangerously low, especially if the burn affected a large area of the person's skin. If a burn is especially deep, it could cause issues with a person's bones and joints, some of which may be permanent.

Of course, sometimes a person's burn is due to their own mistakes. However, sometimes a person is burned due to the actions of another person. For example, if a person has to use dangerous chemicals at work and that person is not provided proper safety equipment, they could suffer chemical burns. A person could be burned in a fire started by another person. And, unfortunately, some burns are caused by abuse.

When a person has a severe burn, and complications arise, they may need extended medical care. This could lead to significant medical expenses. Such expenses are made all the more onerous if a person cannot work due to their burn and therefore incurred lost wages. And, complications from burns could cause immense pain and suffering. Therefore, those who have suffered burn injuries due to the actions of another may want to determine if they are able to pursue compensation for the damages they suffered.

Source: Mayo Clinic, "Burns," accessed April 23, 2018

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