Medical advances within the last 30 years have greatly improved burn victims’ survival and recovery rates. Still, burn victims often endure lengthy hospitalizations, permanent impairments, significant scarring, and drastic changes to their lifestyle.
Mr. Vosseller will investigate the cause of your burn injury. He will also work closely with your health care providers to identify the nature and expense of future medical treatment and therapies.
Burns vary in severity and are commonly classified as follows:
• First Degree Burn
The least serious burns in which only the outer layer of skin is burned. The skin is usually red, with swelling and pain sometimes present. The outer layer of skin has not been burned through. First degree burns normally heal within 7 to 10 days.
• Second Degree Burn
Occurs when the first layer of skin has been burned through and the second layer of skin (dermis) is also burned. Blisters develop and the skin appears intensely reddened and splotchy. Second degree burns produce severe pain and swelling.
• Third Degree Burn
The most serious burns, third degree burns involve all layers of the skin and cause permanent tissue damage and scarring. Fat, muscle and even bone may be affected. Areas may be charred black or appear dry and white. Difficulty inhaling and exhaling, carbon monoxide poisoning, or other toxic effects may occur if smoke inhalation accompanies the burn.
Causes Of Burn Injury
Burn injuries can be caused by heat, chemicals, electricity, sunlight, radiation, explosions, or other events. Statistics show that most burns occur at home or work and result from preventable accidents. Many burns are caused by poorly designed or defective products, bad electrical wiring in buildings or appliances, flammable furniture and clothing, heating and hot-water-heater incidents, and motor vehicle incidents.
Consequences of Burn Injuries
Our skin is a vital organ that regulates body temperature and hydration, protects us from disease and infection, and performs other functions. Severe burns can damage bodily functions that are not directly related to the burned area.