Burn Injury Information
St. Petersburg Personal Injury Attorney
The largest body organ is the skin. This organ is made up of several layers
that all serve important functions in protecting the body. The thinnest
layer is the outside epidermis and it works as a defensive wall against
outside invaders, toxins and germs. The other layers help the body breath,
shed toxins, regulate heat and serve as protective cushioning for internal
organs and body parts. When damaged or destroyed by extreme heat or caustic
chemicals the damage is far more than superficial or cosmetic. Severe
burns are life threatening and extremely painful, including severe pain
during treatment of the injury.
The body's defenses against germs, viruses and bacteria are heavily
compromised and so a burn victim is very susceptible to contracting illnesses
and infections. In addition the body is unable to adequately process the
toxins it produces and this can lead to auto-poisoning. Burns often occur
as the result of accidents such as
automobile collisions, explosions or industrial accidents. When a car crashes one of the highest
risk factors stems from gasoline igniting. When this happens it is very
easy for anyone trapped inside or immobilized by injuries to suffer terrible
skin burns. Similar damage is wrecked in the case of explosions or industrial
accidents. The degree of the burn relates to the amount of skin tissue damaged.
A very serious level is the third-degree burn as it destroys all the layers
of the skin. This is commonly caused by corrosive chemicals, fire, electrical
burns, steam, hot objects, burning garments or being exposed to hot water
or fluids. Damage can result from the extreme loss of bodily fluids. This
causes the blood pressure to drop so low that vital blood supply does
not reach organs such as the brain. In cases of exposure to heat from
fire, or steam, this can also result in burning of the internal lung tissue
and compromise breathing. In such severe types of burns the possibility
of death is very high.
Compensation for Burn Injuries
If another's negligence or wrongful act resulted in a serious burn
injury, the law provides for you to seek compensation for your losses,
pain and medical expenses. There are many costs involved in recovering
from severe burns. The treatments can last many years, including the extensive
reconstructive surgery required. The cost of these surgeries can range
has high as hundreds of thousands of dollars and may not always be fully
covered by medical insurance especially if it involves cosmetic repairs.
Working with an experienced
St. Petersburg personal injury lawyer can be very important in ensuring you receive the best possible settlement.
At LeavenLaw our job is to fight for every possible form of compensation
for damages that you deserve.