Take Burn Injuries Seriously
While medical science is still unraveling the long-term effects of burn injuries, recent studies have shown:
- Compared to victims of other traumatic injuries, burn patients face a prolonged healing process.
- Hypermetabolism can persist for years, resulting in loss of muscle mass and bone density, and increased diabetes risk.
- Scars must be treated daily, indefinitely.
- Despite treatment, scars can significantly impact movement and joint function.
- Due to the context and severity of burns, burn survivors often struggle with mental illness.
- Burn survivors frequently suffer chronic, persistent pain.
- Physical scars contribute significantly to the pain and mental distress experienced by these patients.
BURN INJURIES AND ADDITIONAL RISK
The Western Australian Population-Based Burn Injury Project (April 2017) found that burn injuries carry an increased risk of associated diseases including cancer, infections, heart disease, musculoskeletal problems, epilepsy and migraine headaches. Burn victims have a higher long-term mortality rate than the general population. Researchers theorize this is due to the way burn injuries react with the endocrine system, effectively causing long-term immune suppression.
To put it another way, the terror associated with these injuries appears to linger for years in the body. Studies of pediatric burn patients have proven that elevated norepinephrine and cortisol levels remain elevated 3 years post-burn.
HOW IT AFFECTS EMPLOYMENT
A bright spot in these studies: burn injury victims who are employed are much more likely to achieve emotional and psychological recovery. However, burn injuries themselves often make returning to work difficult. Many victims find their ability to work is greatly reduced.
Suffering from a Burn Injury?
CALL A PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER
If you have suffered burns as the result of another’s negligence, an experienced personal injury lawyer’s assistance is necessary to help you recover maximum compensation for medical treatment, lost wages, pain and suffering, and disfigurement. At Shafner Law we understand the persistent, long-term impacts of these terrible injuries. If you have suffered burn injuries as the result of another’s negligence, we want to help you.
For a free consultation, call Shafner Law at (303) 796-0555 or fill out the Case Form below.
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