According to the American Burn Association, there were roughly 450,000
burn injuries that required medical treatment in 2012. A severe burn injury
can land you in the hospital for days and leave you in extreme pain. Major
burns can also have further complications that put you at risk for illness
and even death.
Some complications for severe burns include:
- Infection. Burns leave your skin open to harmful bacteria that can put
your life at risk. For instance, in patients with burns that cover 40
percent of the body surface, infections account for almost 75 percent
of all deaths.
- Low Blood Volume. Burn injuries can damage blood vessels and cause rapid
fluid loss. Without enough blood volume, the heart has difficulty pumping
enough blood to the body.
- Low Body Temperature. The skin helps to regulate your body temperature.
In a burn injury where you lose a significant amount of skin, the body
has difficulty staying warm.
- Respiratory Problems. Breathing in hot air can damage the lungs and lead
to significant respiratory problems.
If you’ve suffered a burn injury due to someone else’s negligence,
you may be entitled to compensation.
Contact the Kyle Law Firm today to set up a free consultation with one of our burn injury attorneys.