Burn injury victims suffer from immense physical pain, and the healing process is lengthy. In addition to the physical challenges, suffering from severe burns carries significant psychological trauma.
It’s essential to understand the emotional aspects of coping with burn injuries, along with potential solutions.
Dealing with the aftermath
Medical advancements have increased the survival chances for severe burn victims, but they still have physical problems, including:
- Impaired mobility from contractures caused by the skin tightening and restricting movement
- Sensory problems due to changes in the sense of touch and nerve damage.
- Increased risk of infection
- Thermoregulation issues (the skin plays a critical role in regulating body temperature)
They also need to deal with the psychological impact of dealing with the scarring from their injuries and adapting to a new version of life. In addition to physical wounds, suffering a serious burn trauma can lead to:
- post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- social isolation
- Relationship problems
- Financial problems
- Low self-esteem
Addressing the psychological trauma of burn victims is vital in helping them cope with the emotional changes that come with the recovery process. It may include attending support groups, counseling services, and rehabilitation programs that focus on mental health.
It’s important to remember that physical and psychological recovery will take a substantial period of time and they often cost a lot of money. Being worried and stressed about medical bills and loss of income will only delay the recovery process. Receiving compensation for your injuries will help ensure financial security during your rehabilitation.