Few of us will ever have to suffer serious burn injuries in our lifetime. Most people will burn themselves at one point or another but these are usually superficial burns and nothing in particular to worry about. However, in some cases more severe injuries can occur, and when this happens it can take much longer to recover than you may think.
Burns can occur through chemicals and indeed through electricity as well as through heat, which is the more obvious cause for most people. While you might burn yourself in a fire, it is just as easy to receive a burn if you are exposed to an electric current or if you are involved in a chemical spill of some kind. However, in every case the cause of the burn is only half the picture. You also have to consider whether someone was negligent in allowing the situation where the burn occurred to happen in the first place.
How are serious burn injuries treated?
Treatment will depend on how bad the burn is, how deep it goes and how it was caused. For example if a burn is caused by chemicals it could be that certain forms of treatment might make it worse. The kinds of chemicals used are going to be taken into account before treatment is provided, in order to counteract the effect of the chemicals.
Another course of action that may need to be considered is for the victim to think about compensation. This would only be possible if there is evidence that someone else was negligent and therefore caused the burns to occur in the first place. Accident Advice Helpline often assists in such cases.
It is common to be left with scarring if you suffer a burn that is particularly severe. The extent of the scarring will depend on how large the burns are and how deep they went at the time. Medical staff will consider how best to treat all burns depending on each individual case.
Recovery can take time. If you are unable to work this can cause financial problems that add to the stress. If you believe someone else was responsible for causing the burns you have suffered, call Accident Advice Helpline. We can provide no-obligation advice on 0800 689 0500 today so you are able to gain access to the best information and advice around today.
Date Published: June 18, 2015
Author: David Brown