Burn injuries are some of the most serious injuries that are not often discussed in the area of personal injury law. A big reason for this is the fact that not all burn injuries are the result of someone’s negligence, especially when you consider some of the natural ways in which burns occur.
However, just like any serious injury, burn injuries are often considered catastrophic and the more severe, the more potential damages the injured individual can experience. This is because of the amount of impact the burn is likely to have on not only the outer surface of the body, but also under the skin.
Burn injuries also come with potential emotional trauma that should be considered. Unfortunately, these types of injuries often lead to long-term effects with which those affected must cope. Here are some of the things a burn injury victim can expect moving forward as they begin the process following the accident.
The physical injuries a person may sustain are dependent on a number of factors, including the cause of the burn and the severity. However, in the worst-case scenarios, the individual can expect to experience some of the most impactful damages, including to the skin and as deep as the internal organs.
The most severe types of burns do enough harm to cause long-term damage to both the upper and bottom layer of skin, as well as to the tissues and nerves under the skin in the affected area, muscles, and even bone—depending on the degree and cause.
With both third and fourth degree type of burns, there is the potential for even the body’s sweat glands to be significantly damaged. The sweat glands are what help to control the temperature in the body. The moment they are damaged or destroyed, the injured individual may have trouble when dealing with specific climates and it may be wise to avoid workouts, as the damaged sweat glands increase the chance of heat stroke.
The area of the burn—depending on severity—can be damaged to the point where the skin is no longer being lubricated by their own sebaceous glands. This may require regular application of lotion to prevent problems with the skin and tissue in the damaged area.