Burn Injury Victims are Scarred Physically & Mentally
A burn injury is one of the most painful injuries a person can experience. The skin is the largest organ in the human body with billions of neuroreceptors. A burn injury exposes these neurons to the air, which in turn causes them to produce high frequency impulses that are very painful. Unlike other injuries where pain decreases with time, pain from burn injuries worsens because the subsequent wound care is often more painful than the burn itself. The process of treating a burn injury involves frequent dressing changes that are very painful because of the absence of skin. This is usually followed by other painful procedures like skin debridement, skin grafting, and physiotherapy.
However, a burn victim’s suffering does not end there. Burn injury victims also endure debilitating chronic pain, which often affects their sleep, work, and quality of life. Many times, they lose their sense of touch and ability to perspire in the affected areas. The skin also loses its elasticity and is prone to infections. Added to that, they must also deal with the trauma of disfigurement. A majority of burn victims suffer psychological disorders such as depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of their injuries. These victims are often scarred mentally as well as physically.
In America, one person dies almost every 3 hours and one person is injured every 30 minutes in a fire. Every year on an average, there are 3400 burn deaths and around 40,000 people require hospitalization due to a burn injury. These injuries often require a long hospital stay with skin grafts and reconstructive surgery, severely inflating the cost of hospital bills. Many of these burn injuries and deaths are preventable and are caused by negligence. Examples of burn injuries caused by negligence are workplace explosions, malfunctioning or defective smoke detectors, fire from a defective product, improperly stored gasoline, blocked fire exits, and building code violations.
Burns can lead to devastating, life-changing injuries and even death. They place a physical, psychological, social, and financial burden on the victim. If your or one of your loved one has suffered a burn injury or death due to the negligence of others, you can make sure that they are held accountable. Contact one of our Indianapolis burn injury lawyers now and we will give you a free evaluation of your case and help get you any compensation to which you are entitled.