Because burn injuries can affect more than just the skin, there are a number
of possible consequences that can negatively impact the health of a burn
victim. There are many complications associated with burns that can often
require long-term treatments and therapy to overcome. Some may even require
extensive amounts of surgery, depending on the severity of the injury.
Victims of serious burns may suffer some of the following consequences:
Infections: Because burns cause severe damage to the skin, the skin can become more
vulnerable to bacteria. This means an increased risk of infection or sepsis,
which travels through the body’s bloodstream and may potentially
lead to shock or organ failure.
Low body temperature: The skin helps control temperature in the body. If the burn is extensive
enough and injures a large portion of the skin, it can result in the loss
of body heat. This can lead to hypothermia, or dangerously low body temperature.
This is a serious condition that could be fatal.
Bone and join issues: When a burn is deep enough, it can cause damage to the bones and joints,
resulting in limited movement. The deep burn can cause scar tissue to
form. As a result, skin, muscles, and tendons can tighten and joints may
be pulled out of position permanently, causing long-term problems.
Decreased blood volume: When someone sustains a burn injury, they may have damage to the blood
vessels. This can cause fluid loss and a low blood volume. When this happens,
the heart is not able to pump enough blood throughout the body, causing
serious health issues.
Breathing issues: Aside from the burns that a person can sustain, if smoke from a fire or
hot air is inhaled, it can burn airways inside the body, making it difficult
for a person to breathe normally. Damage to the lungs can lead to long-term
respiratory issues or respiratory failure.
Scarring: A common consequence of a burn injury is scarring, which can also result
in ridged areas due to the overgrowth of scar tissue. Many victims decide
to undergo skin grafts to try and reduce the scarring.
When someone sustains a burn injury due to the negligence of someone else,
it can be a traumatic experience and create lifelong issues. The victim
of such an injury should be able to pursue legal action to seek compensation
for the damages associated with the injury, such as medical expenses,
rehabilitation, lost income, and pain and suffering. Our
Denver burn injury lawyers at Jordan Law are here to help victims
take the next step towards justice.
Contact our legal team today to discuss your potential lawsuit.