Burn injuries are one of the most serious and debilitating injuries a person can sustain. Every year, millions of people in the United States are burned. Of those burned, thousands die as a result of their injuries. Many people who are burned require long-term hospitalization. Burns are a leading cause of death in the United States. Burns can affect blood vessels, nerves, bones, and muscles. Burn injuries can affect a number of bodily functions, such as respiratory functions and body thermal regulation. Burns can cause respiratory failure and arrest, impair the body's normal fluid/electrolyte balance joint function, and manual dexterity. If you have suffered a burn injury, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages you have incurred.
Burns are classified by method and degree. Methods include thermal (flame, radiation, steam, hot liquids and objects), chemical, electrical (electrical current and lightning), light (sunlight, etc.), or radiation. Degrees include to first-degree, second-degree, or third-degree burns. First degree burns are the least severe of all burns; they are superficial injuries and are the most common of all burns. Second degree burns occur when the first layer of skin has been burned through and the second layer is damaged. Second degree burns do not damage the tissue under the skin. Second degree burns are considered minor if they involve less than 15 percent of the body surface in adults and less than ten percent in children. Second-degree burns will usually produce little scarring if treated properly. Third degree burns are the most serious of all burns and involve all layers of the skin. Third degree burns may be very painful; however, some patients feel little to no pain because the nerve endings have been destroyed. Third degree burns may require skin grafting and involve dense scarring. Medical costs resulting from third degree burn injuries can be substantial.
The severity of a burn can be determined also by the source of the burn, the amount of the body burned, the body regulations burned, the age of the victim, and any pre-exiting conditions. Nuclear radiation and chemical burns can be severe because of the potential hazards of some chemicals and of nuclear radiation. Burns to a person's face can be very severe because airway management or vision could be impeded. Burns to small children and the elderly could be more severe than burns to people of other ages. Burn victims with pre-existing respiratory or heart conditions, or victims with diabetes, could be more severely impacted by burns.
If you have suffered burn injuries, you could be entitled to compensation for your medical costs, lost wages, or pain and suffering. Persons who have sustained burn injuries should contact an attorney to determine what they are owed. Massachusetts burn injury Attorney Cappetta can help you recover what you are owed to ease the financial burdens that these injuries can create. Contact Attorney Cappetta today if you have sustained a burn injury.