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After a fire or explosion, get help for serious burns

On Behalf of | Dec 14, 2021 | Motor vehicle accidents |

Fires and explosions can happen almost anywhere. You might get caught in one after an auto accident or be injured in a workplace incident. It’s important that you have the option of seeking compensation after you suffer injuries because the wounds from a fire or explosion can be significant and devastating.

Burn injuries have long-lasting implications for your overall health and well-being. The recovery itself may take many months or years, costing you money and causing you stress.

When do you need to see a doctor for burns?

Any time you’re burned, it’s a good idea to see your doctor. While a first-degree burn may be minor enough to treat with ice and home remedies, second- and third-degree burns have the potential to affect your skin and tissues at a deeper level. These burns may cause scarring and be painful, so medical intervention isn’t a bad idea.

You may find that you have to stay in the hospital regularly or that you need to go through surgeries for skin grafts or to improve the appearance of the damaged area.

What are the complications of serious burns?

Depending on the severity of the burns you suffered, you may be at risk of any number of complications. Common complications include problems such as:

  • Scars and ridged areas on the skin
  • Breathing problems
  • Fluid loss
  • Bacterial infection
  • Sepsis
  • Hypothermia
  • Hypovolemia
  • Bone and joint problems

Unfortunately, these can have a negative impact on your life in the long term.

What kind of impact can a burn injury have on your life?

Burn injuries may cause many issues including:

  • Scarring
  • Infection
  • Weakness of the damaged tissues
  • Emotional distress
  • Psychological distress
  • Disfigurement

All of these issues, as well as the abovementioned complications, can cause serious problems in your life after a burn.

What do you do if you’ve been burned in a crash or workplace accident?

Whatever the cause of your burns was, if the burns are related to another person’s mistakes or reckless behavior, then you may be able to make a personal injury claim. If you were at work at the time of an explosion or fire, you may be able to seek workers’ compensation to help you get the medical care you need and the compensation you deserve.

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