Burn injuries happen frequently in Jackson, MS and throughout the United States. There are approximately 2.5 million burn injuries are reported every year. Approximately 700,000 of the injuries are treated by medical professionals; 100,000 are hospitalized. Of those hospitalized, 25,000 have major burns involving at least a quarter of their total body surface. Between 10,000 and 15,000 patients with burns die, and approximately one million will sustain substantial or permanent disabilities resulting from their burn injury. Burn injuries can result from a variety of different activities and sources. Whether you are at home or on the job, you can be exposed to unknown dangers. Book a free consultation with Jackson, MS Personal Injury Attorney.
Common causes of burn injuries:
- Electrocution Burns
- Flammable Clothing
- Building Fires
- Motor Vehicle Fires
- Thermal Burns
- Flammable Liquids
- Chemical Burns
- Water Heater Fires
- Smoke/Heat Inhalation
- Scold/Burns from Hot Liquid
- Gas Explosions
- Defective Products
- Fume Ignition
- Work Related Accidents
- Gasoline Spills
A typical burn injury will affect only the skin (epidermal tissue and dermis). Rarely, deeper tissues, such as muscle, bone, and blood vessels can also be injured. Burns may be treated with first aid, in an out-of-hospital setting, or may require more specialized treatment such as those available at specialized burn centers. Demographically, people sustaining burns tend to be male, and have suffered their injuries in their homes. It is estimated that approximately 75% of deaths from burns and fires occur either at the scene of the incident or en route to medical facilities.
The treatment of burns may include the removal of dead tissue , fluid resuscitation, administering antibiotics, and skin grafting. Managing burn injuries properly is important because they are common, painful and can result in disfiguring and disabling scarring, amputation of affected parts or death in severe cases. Complications such as shock, infection, multiple organ dysfunction syndrome, electrolyte imbalance and respiratory distress may occur. While large burns can be fatal, modern treatments have significantly improved the prognosis of such burns, especially in children and young adults. Approximately 1 out of every 25 people to suffer burns will die from their injuries. The majority of these burn injury fatalities occur either at the scene or on the way to hospital.
Burn injuries are classified into first, second, third, and fourth degree burns. It is often difficult to accurately determine the depth of a burn. This is especially so in the case of second degree burns, which can continue to evolve over time. As such, a second-degree partial-thickness burn can progress to a third-degree burn over time even after initial treatment. Distinguishing between the superficial-thickness burn and the partial-thickness burn is important, as the former may heal spontaneously, whereas the latter often requires surgical excision and skin grafting. Currently, burns are described according to the depth of injury to the dermis and are loosely classified into first, second, third, and fourth degrees.
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A burn occurs when the skin is exposed to high temperatures, generally greater than 140 degrees Fahrenheit. A burn may also develop at lower temperatures depending on how long the skin remains in contact with the heat source. A burn injury can range from a relatively minor medical problem to a life-threatening emergency. Burn injuries can include injuries to any part of the body, including the skin, eyes, lungs and brain. Hands, feet, arms and legs can be so badly burned that amputation is necessary.