Burn Injuries: Burn Complications

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Burn injuries can be accompanied by serious complications. Many of the initial and early complications are life-threatening. Serious burns should be treated quickly in a burn center or burn unit to prevent or minimize complications, and because they have the experience and the equipment to recognize and treat burn injury complications swiftly and properly. Burn injuries can also have long-term complications that are life-altering. Immediate, proper treatment can minimize complications such as loss of mobility due to severe scarring and organ damage.

Burn Injury Complications

Burn injury complications can be fatal. Some of the initial dangers from a burn injury include:

  • Respiratory distress
  • Dehydration
  • Fluid imbalance
  • Hypovolemic shock – low blood volume due to loss of fluids
  • Hypothermia – dangerously low body temperature
  • Infections
  • Sepsis
  • Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)
  • Rhabdomyolysis
  • Blood clots due to extended period of immobility while in hospital

Even when the initial dangers have passed, there are complications of burn injury that can shorten life expectancy or change your life forever. Some of these complications include:

  • Severe scarring and contractures causing loss of mobility or range of motion
  • Nerve damage which can be severe enough to cause loss of use of affected area
  • Loss of limb
  • Organ damage
  • Respiratory damage
  • Chronic pain
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Other serious psychological and emotional effects
  • Severe disfigurement

Treatment for the burn complications may be ongoing. Many patients will require multiple surgeries to reduce scarring and physical therapy to improve range of motion and mobility. However, even with treatment there is often permanent physical impairment as well as permanent disfigurement.

Burn injuries require extensive and expensive treatment. if your injuries were the result of someone else’s negligence or caused by a defective product, you may be able to recover compensation that will pay for your medical expenses, lost income and more. Please, contact an experienced burn injury attorney right away.

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With a background as a paralegal, focusing on criminal defense and civil rights, Sandra Dalton launched her freelance writing career in 2000 with a weekly column on Freedom for Suite 101 and pro bono projects for individuals and organizations supporting causes close to her heart. One of her first projects was for the Police Compliant Center writing about police misconduct. Sandra’s legal writing quickly expanded to include personal injury, animal welfare, criminal defense, disability discrimination, family law and much more.