Severe Burn Injuries
Were You Seriously Injured?
Burn injuries are potentially life-threatening and can cause severe disfigurement
depending on the severity and location of the injury. According to the
American Burn Association, approximately 450,000 people are hospitalized
for burns in the United States every year, and 3,400 of those people end
up dying from their injuries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
even reports fires and burns as the third leading cause of death in homes
– about three-quarters of all burn-related deaths are caused by
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No matter how or where you were burned, you have the right to seek compensation
if it was caused by someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing. At
Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, our
Nashville burn injury attorneys are dedicated to providing the experienced and dedicated legal assistance
you deserve in your time of need. With more than a century of collective
experience, you can rest assured that your
personal injury case is in qualified hands when you choose us to represent you.
How Serious Is The Injury?
Burn injuries can be caused by anything from a vehicle fire following a
collision to a boiling pot of water intended to cook a box of pasta, but
no matter the source, burns are classified under four levels of severity:
Fourth-Degree Burn: The most severe level of burn. It affects the outer layer of skin, the
second layer of skin, the fat layer, the muscles, the tendons, and bone
underneath it all. This level of burn is often completely black, and the
affected area or limb may need to be removed entirely.
Third-Degree Burn: This level of burn is more common than a fourth-degree burn, and still
incredibly dangerous. It affects the outer layer of skin, the second layer
of skin, and layer of fat directly underneath the skin. The nerves in
the affected area may be destroyed as well, and the injured area may have
a wet or charred black appearance.
Second-Degree Burn: This level of burn affects both layers of skin, and can cause swelling,
blisters, white or red splotchy skin, and severe pain in the affected
area. The area may appear to be wet or moist, and can result in scarring.
First-Degree Burn: The least severe level of burn. It affects the outer layer of skin, and
the affected area is often swollen, painful, and red. With proper first-aid,
a first-degree burn will generally heal within about a week.
Complications From Severe Burns
Not only is a serious burn incredibly dangerous and painful on its own,
it can also lead to a variety of dangerous and potentially life-threatening
Problems Breathing: Depending on what caused your burn injuries, you may also be dealing with
the negative effects of smoke inhalation like burned airways or lungs.
Infection: Even a first-degree burn can leave your skin extremely vulnerable to a
bacterial infection if not properly taken care of, and can lead to sepsis.
If allowed to continue unchecked, sepsis will travel throughout your bloodstream
and can cause you to go into shock or cause your organs to fail.
Hypothermia: Because your skin plays a major role in controlling your body’s
temperature, losing a significant portion of it could leave you at risk
of developing an extremely low body temperature.
Scarring: Burns can cause scar tissue to form as the injury heals, and depending
on the severity of the initial injury can prevent sweat glands from re-forming,
limit the movement of your joints and bones, and even permanently pull
a joint out of position.
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Hire A Qualified Attorney Today
Our Nashville burn injury lawyers at Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge are
ready and waiting to represent you in your case. We’ve committed
ourselves to providing the highest quality legal assistance for our clients
for more than 35 years, and will continue to set the bar for excellence
through the future.
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