No matter what type of burn you’ve suffered, they can be quite painful. Even briefly touching a hot pan may have you wincing every time the burn brushes against your clothing. Depending on the severity, burns can require medical care and leave scars.
Catastrophic burns rise above that level. If you’ve had a catastrophic burn, you’ve likely suffered some sort of life-altering consequence where, no matter how much medical treatment you receive, your life will never be quite the same.
Whether the burns occur in a car crash, liquid or chemical spill, electrical mishap or other incident, even a minor injury, such as a first-degree burn, can be extremely painful. When someone receives burns over a large portion of the body, it can be traumatic. A second-degree burn goes as deep as the second layer of skin and may require surgery. A third-degree burn may go to the innermost layer, damaging sweat glands, hair follicles and nerve endings.
Someone who suffers from third-degree burns may feel little pain at first. As time passes, however, the injuries may become excruciating and require prolonged, painful treatment and numerous surgeries. Burn injury victims, even those with less serious burns, may have a higher risk of infections and other complications.
When an accident leaves a loved one with catastrophic injuries, struggling for an uncertain future, family members may wonder what to do to ease the suffering. If the injury resulted from someone else’s negligence or reckless behavior, it is possible to pursue financial compensation through the Virginia civil courts. With the help of an attorney, burn victims may obtain the funds they need to pay for the quality medical and rehabilitative care that will improve their chances of reaching the most complete recovery possible.