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Severe burns could lead to other medical issues

When you woke up the morning of your accident, you expected your day to be like any other. Unfortunately, you were in some sort of accident that left you with severe burns.

You probably woke up in a hospital in pain and wondering what the damage is to your body and whether you will achieve a full recovery. However, in addition to your burns, you could experience other complications as well.

Your burns could cause other medical issues

Your skin creates a barrier between the outside world and the inside of your body. When you suffer serious injuries such as severe burns, your body may experience other issues as it struggles to cope with what happened to it. You could end up also facing one or more of the following complications:

  • When you suffer from burns, you lose fluids, and damage could occur to your blood vessels, which results in your blood volume dropping dangerously low.
  • You could also contract an infection, which could turn into sepsis. This is a potentially life-threatening condition that could cause your organs to fail and lead to shock.
  • Since your skin helps regulate your body's temperature, it could drop too low and cause hypothermia.
  • If your burns are deep, it could end up limiting your mobility.
  • More than likely, you also suffered from smoke inhalation during your accident, which could damage your lungs and airway.

Scarring from your burns could also have a profound effect on your life. As you recover from your burns, you could need surgeries and other procedures that prolong your recovery. If you also suffer from any of the above complications, you may not be able to return to your life anytime soon. Moreover, your life could change in ways you never anticipated.

Was someone else responsible for your injuries?

If another party's negligence or recklessness led to your injuries, you may pursue compensation through the filing of a personal injury claim in a Georgia civil court. Successfully litigating your claim could result in an award of damages that could help with your current and future financial losses.

The odds are that, if you are able, an insurance company has already approached you to offer you a settlement. Even though you may be in distress now because of your uncertain future, you may want to hold off on accepting any payment from the insurance company. The offer will more than likely be well below what you will need as you move forward. Instead, take the time to find out your rights and legal options before making any decisions.

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