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Treatment for Serious Burn Injuries

Posted in Personal Injury on Tuesday, November 19th, 2019

Burn injuries are among the most painful injuries a person can endure. In addition to the extreme pain associated with a serious burn, they are also slow to heal, are closely associated with dangerous complications, and can be permanently disfiguring – especially when they are on or near the face. All told, a serious burn is a serious injury that requires extensive and expensive medical treatment. If someone else’s negligence leaves you with a serious burn, consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer today. 

Serious Burns

There are several complications that can make burns that much more dangerous, including:

  • The burn covers more than 10 percent of your body
  • Your burn is very deep
  • The burn is on your face, feet, or groin

If any of these apply, you may need to be transferred to a burn center to receive adequate necessary care. 

Burn Accidents

Burns can be caused by many different kinds of accidents, but they are especially common to traffic and work accidents. Further, burns aren’t always caused by fire. Serious burns can be the result of accidents involving chemicals or electricity – such as accidents often associated with construction work. 

Burn Injury Treatment

The treatment for a serious burn injury is typically a long, arduous journey. The steps that generally make up the healing process can include the following and more:

  • Water treatments to help clean the wound and stimulate the injured tissue
  • IV fluids to help prevent dehydration and organ failure
  • Heavy-duty prescription medications for the immense pain, for the attendant anxiety that comes from being debilitated by a burn, and for fighting infections
  • Creams and ointments that help prevent infection and that help prepare the burn for healing
  • Dressings that help keep the injury clean and that help prepare it for healing – bandage changes can be especially painful and anxiety-provoking

A burn that is especially large or that covers a joint will likely also require ongoing physical therapy to help keep the skin supple and the joints flexible.

Additional Considerations

In addition to the medical treatments listed, a serious burn on the face or neck can require breathing assistance. Further, some burn victims require feeding tubes to remain nourished throughout the ordeal of healing. Finally, if the burned skin is beyond repair, skin grafts that replace the damaged area are often necessary. Plastic surgery is also available for cosmetic benefits and to help increase an affected joint’s flexibility. All told, the financial, physical, and emotional damages associated with a serious burn are difficult to overestimate. 

If You’ve Suffered a Serious Burn that Was Caused by Someone Else’s Negligence, You Need an Experienced Joliet Personal Injury Lawyer

If you’ve been burned on the job or as a result of someone else’s negligence, the dedicated personal injury attorneys at Sabuco, Beck, Hansen & Massino, P.C. in Joliet are committed to aggressively advocating for the compensation you need to reach your fullest physical and emotional recovery. We’re on your side, so please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information today. 

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