Recovering from catastrophic burns

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California has more vehicles on the road than ever before. When you add construction site slowdowns, detours, road rage and distracted driving, there is also an increased number of crashes involving more than two vehicles. At our team of attorneys often represent clients with catastrophic burns sustained in a car accident.

Paradigm Corp reports that a serious, life-changing burn injury typically covers more than 20 percent of the total surface area of the body. Burns of this nature often involve the face, hands and feet as well as cross major joints. They require comprehensive care and active follow-up over a period of several years.

Multidisciplinary teams that care for patients include general and reconstructive plastic surgeons, infectious disease specialists, physicians assistants/nurse practitioners and certified burn care nurses. In most cases, physical and occupational therapists, psychologists, ophthalmologists and social workers also assist in the healing and recovery process.

The location and thickness of the burns sustained can affect the level and length of treatment required. Thanks to advancements in technology such as skin grafts, and laser treatments, patients have fewer limitations than in the past. With the increased emphasis on rehabilitation, more burn survivors live a healthier active life. However, rehab is prolonged and expensive as it involves complex, specialized care. Complications such as pneumonia can affect recovery.

The skin is our largest organ, and it takes a significant amount of time to heal, keeping survivors on the sidelines of their own life. If you or a loved one sustained catastrophic burn injuries in a car accident, you might have grounds for a claim. Visit our webpage for more information on this topic.

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