Burns and scalds can vary in severity. If a spot of boiling water hits you it may sting for a bit and turn a little red but then disappear. However, at its worst, burns can be fatal depending on how far down the burn has damaged the skin and tissue. If the burn isn’t fatal it can still cause long-term damage far worse than the after effects of a slip, trip or fall.
What types of long-term damage can be caused by severe burns and can they cause slips, trips or falls?
There are several problems that can be caused by severe burns in the long run. If the burn is deep enough it can damage nerves which mean that you may find it difficult to walk or use your hands properly, this is when a slip, trip or fall can easily happen. As well as this, when healing, the skin can become very tight if not treated properly which means joint movement is reduced, thus making a fall injury more likely to occur due to inability to move your limbs properly.
Other than this, one of the obvious long term damage from burns and scalds is the scarring, not just physically but also mentally. Scarring on burns victims can be severe and it is difficult to hide the extent of the scarring. This may make the person more withdrawn, perhaps even depressed, conditions far worse than a simple slip, trip or fall.
To some extent most of these can either be avoided or treated so that the long term affects are not as bad but if the burns are that severe there will still be some lasting damage just like you would have after a nasty slip, trip or fall.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you have sustained burns, scalds or even a fall injury within the last three years that wasn’t your fault you may be able to make a claim. Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm that specialises in such accident claims as slip, trip and fall injury compensation.
With years of experience, our team of lawyers will make the claims process as simple and stress-free as possible; many clients are able to settle their claim without the need to step foot in court.
Speak to Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 to find out more.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice