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Why you need to pay urgent attention to burn injuries

Intuition, education and general exposure to various forms of media have informed the approaches we take when we are faced with danger. As a result of this education and media exposure, most Americans will not hesitate to go to the emergency room if they suspect that their bones are broken or that their child has suffered a head injury. However, little education and media attention have generally been paid to certain kinds of injuries including burns. And therefore when accidents involving seemingly minor burns occur, many Americans fail to seek medical attention promptly.

It is critical that burn victims seek medical attention promptly. It is also imperative that if the burns were caused by the negligence of another person, a defective product or reckless business practices, victims should explore their legal options. Most Americans understand that head injuries can take time and significant financial resources in order to heal properly. The exact same logic applies to burn injuries. Therefore, both medical attention and legal compensation options should be explored in their wake.

Burn injuries cause different kinds of damage depending on what substance caused the burns, where the burns are located and how deep and wide the burn injuries have expanded. Therefore, every burn case is distinct both medically and legally. However, because burn injuries have the capacity to alter the course of one's employment, general health and physical abilities, it is critical that they be treated with the utmost urgency.

Accidents happen. And when they do, we are not always sure of how to respond. But in the case of burn injuries, the answer is clear: always seek medical attention and seek legal counsel when appropriate.

Source: The Daily Californian, "Never underestimate a burn injury," Doug Greener, Apr. 21 2013

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