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Living Life As a Burn Injury Victim
More than 33,000 people experience a burn injury that requires a hospital emergency room visit each year in New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennsylvania. The numbers of burn victims and the extent of their resulting injuries can be shockingly high. However, regardless of how many people are burned, every victim’s experience is different and personal. Every seriously injured burn victim will have a different experience as he or she attempts to work to recover from their injuries and put the pieces of their lives back together.
This article explores the physical pain of living life after a serious burn injury.
Physical Pain of a Burn Injury
One of the obvious results of a serious burn injury is physical pain and discomfort. Depending on the severity of the burn, physical pain can linger for weeks or even months, or in some cases for the rest of the victim’s life. Physical pain can significantly impact all aspects of the victim’s life, such as the ability or inability to go back to work, sleeping, and engaging in everyday activities.
Physical pain associated with a burn injury can also have a secondary impact on the victims’ lives. For example, the ongoing pain and discomfort can impact the victim’s mood, result in depression and anxiety, and inhibit the individual’s ability to lead an otherwise normal life.
Different Types of Physical Burn Injury Pain
Healing after a burn injury can be a long and treacherous journey. A successful healing process requires you to be honest with your healthcare team. You are not going to get an award for stoicism or “toughing it out.” Your honest input is essential to assessing the level of your injury and providing you with the appropriate care that you need.
In order to allow a successful healing process after suffering a serious burn injury, it is important that you understand the different types of pain you may experience:
- Acute pain: this is a short-term, intense pain that you may experience during an activity or procedure, such as physical therapy or changing the dressings on your wounds.
- Breakthrough pain: this is the pain that comes and goes throughout the course of the day.
- Resting pain: this is “background” pain that you constantly feel.
- Chronic pain: this is the type of pain that lasts for more than six months after your wound has healed.
- Neuropathic pain: this is the pain that is caused by damage to or re-growth of the nerve endings in your skin when you experienced the burn injuries.
If you or someone you know has been seriously burned as a result of the negligent or reckless actions of another party, you need to make it a priority to look for an experienced attorney who will work hard to help you seek the damages from the parties responsible for your injuries. For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with a New Jersey burn injury attorney, please call the Law Offices of Dan T. Matrafajlo at (908) 248-4404.