Effects of Burn and Scald Injuries

As the largest organ of the human anatomy, the skin plays a vital part in the prevention of infection and the facilitation of mobility.

A burns victim’s immune system is likely to come under constant attack due to the lack of protection usually provided by the skin, while the pain and problems with healing of burn injuries can lead to restricted mobility.

On top of this, burn injuries can often be traumatic for a person to experience and their family may also struggle to come to terms with the effects of the injuries, which can lead to psychological and emotional problems for both.

The experience of burn injury claims among our panel of expert solicitors ensures that they are the ideal legal representation to pursue a claim for compensation on your behalf. The help they can provide through obtaining compensation for you will go some way to relieving the burden on your shoulders so you can plan ahead for the future while concentrating on your recovery. Without this vital help, burn injuries can have devastating effects on all aspects of a person’s life as well as the lives of those closest to them.

Physical Effects

Infection

The skin plays a significant role in restricting bacterium, viruses and fungi from entering the blood stream. This means that burns, predominantly second and third degree burns, may compromise the body’s capability to fight infection as, without the skin, every day infections that exist in the air that are usually halted by the skin can enter the body’s system with ease.

Movement

The skin’s elastic nature allows for a wide range of movement of limbs and other body parts and nerves in the skin are extremely sensitive, but burns can make the smallest movement tremendously painful.

If the burns are serious enough to damage large sets of nerves, the harm to the muscles can be very painful and have a debilitating effect on a person’s mobility.

During a burns victim’s recuperation, scarred parts of the skin sometimes contracts, causing bone deformities and muscle damage that can seriously affect a person’s capability to move in the way they did prior to sustaining the burn injuries.

Amputation

If a body extremity or limb is injured beyond repair, it may need to be amputated. This brings with it many problems exclusive to amputations, depending on what part of the body is amputated. Please see the section on amputations for a more thorough overview of such injuries.

Psychological Effects

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

A burns victim is likely to develop this disorder if they struggle to forget or move on from the horrible memories of a traumatic incident that caused their burn injuries.

Those suffering PTSD tend to experience depression, anger, insomnia, nightmares and flashbacks to the traumatic event. Please consult our pages on Serious Psychiatric Injuries for a more extensive look at PTSD.

Isolation

Social activities participated in before burn injuries may not be possible to the same extent or at all for a burns victim due to the nature of the activity in question and the disabilities they suffer from, such as many sports.

While this may be down to the physical impairment that may be suffered by burn victims, it could also be the result of pain or side-effects from painkillers.

A person unable to participate in the same activities as before their injuries may feel helpless and isolated due to their restricted lifestyle and lack of social interaction at the level they used to have.

Self-Image

A burns victim may feel self-conscious about how their scars, deformities or amputation looks due to their physical differences compared to the majority of people. They may begin to harbour a fear of how others will react to their amputation and begin acting in an ashamed manner, thus restricting themselves socially, in employment and in education.