One type of injury that can be both painful and have major effects on people’s lives is a burn injury. These can happen in many different ways and include both those caused by fire or other extremely hot objects, as well as chemical burns. Like other injuries, burn injuries can vary in severity.
The least harmful burn injuries are first degree burns. These burns affect only the outer layer of the skin and can cause swelling, redness and some pain. Second degree burns are burns that affect both the outer layers as well as the underlying layers of the skin. In addition to swelling and redness, blistering also occurs with second degree burns. Third degree burns are the most severe burns and affect the deep layers of the skin. These burns can result in numb skin as well as white and black burned skin.
The severity and the location of the burn usually dictates how the burns will affect people’s lives. However, the most severe burns can require multiple surgeries and long-term hospital stays. This can be costly both because of the medical bills associated with the required treatment as well as the lost income while the burn victims recover. However, if people are burned as the result of other party’s negligence, they may be able to receive compensation to help pay for the medical bills and lost income.
Unfortunately, many people suffer burns in Louisiana each year. Some only require minor treatment, but some can require skin grafts and other procedures to help them heal. These types of burns can be very difficult to recover from and can be very costly as well.