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.
A relatively recent report sheds some interesting light on burn injuries that happen both in and around Houma, Louisiana, and in other parts of the country.
It may come as a surprise to many Houma, Louisiana, residents that the most dangerous place, at least when it comes to the risk for burns, is one's own home.
Burns are fairly common injuries, that most Louisianans have experienced at one time or another. Burn injuries are classified in four ways: first-degree, second-degree, third-degree and fourth-degree. Most people have suffered at least one first-degree burn in their lives, for example, by touching a hot stove or experiencing a minor sunburn. These burns cause the skin to become red and are painful, but they usually heal on their own in a few days.
A person in Louisiana might get a minor burn from now to then, for example, by taking something out of the oven or getting a minor sunburn. While these burns may be treatable at home, it is possible to suffer a serious burn injury that requires hospitalization. And, unfortunately, serious burn injuries are all too common in the United States.