Although many of the occurrences are not serious, burns make up a significant number of injuries in Georgia. The damage from excessive heat can range from lightly irritated skin to deep wounds that may cause permanent nerve damage, blood loss or even death.
Firefighters across the Peach State took a recent opportunity to draw attention to the dangers of burn injuries and the need to help victims. A nonprofit organization working with fire services and burn care centers across Georgia recently held its 30th annual fund drive, featuring the iconic boot drives with firefighters manning intersections and checkpoints collecting spare change in turnout gear.
"The main function for the boot drive is for us to send children that's been affected by fire and burned to a summer camp," said the battalion chief in Tift County. "Burns are some of the most painful injuries that occur, especially if you survive it."
The chief highlighted the specialized care due to the high risk of infection after burns, although Augusta and Atlanta are the only cities in Georgia with specialized burn units. Donations from this year's boot drive will benefit a camp in Winder which provides no-cost recreation to children who suffered serious burn injuries.
Victims of serious burns and the families responsible for their care may feel the need to sue for financial damages from a responsible person or party. This may help with the health care that is often extensive after serious heat damage. An attorney can help victims and their families work out their requirements and the best way to fulfill them.