Getting a burn is no laughing matter. Ever had a sunburn? Magnify that a hundred times, add scarring, surgery and infections, and you have might have some insight into what burn victims face. Burns come from a variety of sources – household, workplace, auto and truck accidents, and other accidents.
A burn is damage to your body tissues caused by exposure to heat, chemicals, electricity, sunlight or radiation. Scalds from hot liquids and steam, building fires and flammable liquids and gases are the most common causes of burns.Burn victims also often have smoke inhalation damage.
Three Types of Burns
- First-degree burns damage only the outer layer of skin
- Second-degree burns damage the outer layer and the layer underneath
- Third-degree burns damage or destroy the deepest layer of skin and tissues underneath
Burns can cause swelling, blistering, scarring and, in serious cases, shock and even death. They also can lead to infections because they damage your skin’s protective barrier. Treatment for burns depends on the cause of the burn, how deep it is, and how much of the body it covers.
Who Can We Help?
If you or your loved-one has been burned in any accident in Connecticut, we may be able to help. We will look at why and how the burn was caused, whether there is someone responsible, and whether there is any chance of recovery.
Of course, it would be better if you were never burned, but we can help you receive the money needed to help you recover in many cases.
Bridgeport Hospital Connecticut’s Only Burn Center
What to do if you have been burned, from Bridgeport Hospital
More information on burns, from the National Institute of Health