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What Are the Physical and Mental Consequences of Burn Injuries?

Although healing from a minor burn usually isn’t a complicated process, the same can’t be said for a catastrophic injury. Not only is recovering from a severe burn a long and painful process, but it can also have detrimental effects on your mental health. Here’s what you need to know about the consequences of a burn injury.

What Are the Different Types of Burns?

There are three main types of burns that are categorized by degree of severity. 

  • First-degree burns: Also known as superficial burns, these affect the outer layer of the skin and can cause redness.
  • Second-degree burns: These affect both the inner and outer layer of the skin and can cause redness, blisters and swelling.
  • Third-degree burns: This catastrophic injury is the most severe, as it penetrates the skin and can also impact tissue, muscle and nerves.

What Are the Impacts of a Severe Burn Injury?

Due to the catastrophic nature of third-degree burns, they can result in severe infection, disfigurement, permanent scars or even organ damage. Severe burns may also require skin grafts or surgery to close the wound and improve mobility.

How Can Severe Burns Impact Mental Health?

While you may believe that burn injuries only affect one’s physical health, they can also have catastrophic consequences for mental health. In fact, one study discovered that anxiety and depression are common conditions among burn victims. In addition, 30% of burn victims suffer from PTSD. 

How Can Wisconsin Personal Injury Attorneys Help?

If you or a loved one has suffered from a severe burn injury, reaching out to a personal injury lawyer can help you find peace of mind during this difficult time. Our team of skilled professionals at Atterbury, Kammer & Haag, S.C. understand what you’re going through and will fight to get you fair compensation. We take the time to listen to your story and develop the best course of action for your needs. Contact Atterbury, Kammer & Haag, S.C. today to speak with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers. 

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