In the not-so-distant past, victims of serious burns had very poor chances of survival. Even if they survived the initial conflagration, the overwhelming infections that resulted from the horrific burns often claimed their lives.
The many petrochemical plants that dot both sides of the Mississippi River corridor from Baton Rouge to New Orleans provide a good living to many residents in the nearby parishes. But those same plants can produce catastrophic injuries when there are accidental releases and other problems. One of the possible consequences of an accident at a petrochemical plant is chemical burns to the workers.
Few injuries are as disfiguring as burns. Worldwide, approximately 180,000 people die annually from burns they received.
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.
Fire, other forms of heat and various chemicals can be useful for people in Louisiana in their daily lives. It can allow people to cook their food, drink hot beverages, clean up messes and many chemicals are used in many industries that people work in. However, these elements can also be dangerous if used improperly and people are burned as a result. Severe burn injuries can have serious consequences for the victims and create difficulties for them.
Suffering a severe electrical shock can be traumatic on a number of levels. For one, the shock will cause a person's muscles to contract sharply and these contractions can result in broken bones or other injuries. Additionally, severe shocks can cause seizures, low blood pressure and, in the worst case scenario, a malfunction or even complete breakdown of one's heart.
Many residents of Louisiana may realize that chemical burns can happen at industrial facilities and other places where powerful chemical combinations get used as part of the daily routine. Indeed, workers and others each year do suffer chemical burn injuries under these circumstances.
When a Louisiana resident suffers a serious burn, the injury kills the affected layers of skin. This not only can leave a person profoundly disfigured, but also is medically dangerous since it leaves the burn victim open to infections.
A previous post on this blog talked about the risk of car fires, which are often the end result of serious motor vehicle accidents on Louisiana's roads.
One of the scariest things that can happen while on the road is for a car or truck to catch on fire. Since vehicles have lots of flammable fluid in them and also have material that burns quickly, cars and trucks quickly get engulfed in flames. Oftentimes, those inside or even near the vehicle that catches fire suffer severe burn injuries as a result.