Burn Injuries

Burn injuries vary in severity and size. Burns that are deep and cover large surface areas may require multiple surgical treatments and long term wound care. Severe burns may cause scarring, disfigurement and even death due to electrolyte imbalance or wound infection. In negligence cases, burn injuries are often the result of collisions, fire or electrocution.

Very few attorneys possess the background and credentials of Orlando Injury Attorney, Michael Barszcz, M.D., J.D. As a graduate of the Brown University Medical School and the University of Florida College of Law, Mr. Barszcz has armed himself with a vast wealth of knowledge that has enabled him to provide his clients with superior representation over the past 21 years. Mr. Barszcz handles medical-related personal injury cases for injured victims. His medical expertise distinguishes him from many other attorneys in the Orlando, Florida area, and his clients have benefitted immensely from his compassionate, comprehensive legal counsel.

How Burns Affect the Body

Burns affect the body differently depending on the circumstances of the injury. The outer tissues of skin are the most obvious part of the body that is affected. However, depending on the severity of the burn, the nerve endings, blood vessels, muscle tissues and bones can also be damaged.

There are many possible causes of burns, including the following:

  • Cold
  • Chemicals
  • Electricity
  • Friction
  • Heat
  • Light
  • Radiation

Burn victims can experience a wide variety of complications, all of which if not properly treated can result in fatal complications. The extent of injury also depends on the location of the injury and the degree of severity. Possible complications of burn injuries include:

  • Deformity
  • Electrolyte imbalance
  • Infection
  • Respiratory distress
  • Scarring
  • Shock

Degrees of Severity

Burns are commonly classified into categories of first, second and third degree burns. Some classification systems also refer to fourth, fifth and sixth degree burns. The later higher categories are often used to describe the extent of a victim's injuries post-mortem (after death).

  • First-Degree Burns - Cause redness, a white plaque and pain at the burn site. These burns are limited to the outermost layer of skin (epidermis).
  • Second-Degree Burns - Cause redness, superficial blistering and can cause either much pain or very little pain depending on the level of involvement of the nerves in the area. The tissues involved are the outer (papillary) dermis layer and possibly the deeper (reticular) dermis.
  • Third-Degree Burns - The epidermis is lost and there is deep charring and extreme damage to the dermis. The innermost layer of tissue (hypodermis) is also damaged in many cases. Scarring and loss of hair shafts and keratin occur and grafting may be necessary to aid in healing and the avoidance of infection.

Burns injuries can be devastating and cause disfigurement, scarring, depression and physical impairment. Michael V. Barszcz, M.D., J.D., handles all of his legal cases on a contingency basis. This means that you are not obligated to pay him until he has achieved a monetary award in your case. If you or someone you love has suffered a burn injury due to another's negligence, contact our Florida personal injury lawyers at The Law Offices of Michael Barszcz, M.D., J.D., serving Orlando, Florida for a free consultation.

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