The skin is designed to protect the body from viruses, bacteria, and other foreign debris. When a burn occurs, the skin’s ability to protect the body is hindered. Because of this, burn injury victims may experience bacterial or fungal infections while undergoing treatment. Should this occur, their life may be at risk. Discover how an infection could impact the outcome of a burn injury case and learn more about how aggressive infection control could help reduce the risk of a death for you or your loved one while receiving treatment for a burn injury.
Burn Injuries and the Risk of Infection
Each year, some 40, 000 people are hospitalized for burn injuries. While most of those patients do recover, at least to some extent, approximately 3, 400 results in a death to the patient. Of those, about 61 percent are related to infection. As the leading cause of death in burn injury patients, it is an outcome that most physicians plan for, but none can altogether prevent. Instead, they can only strive to reduce the patient’s overall chances.
Aggressive Infection Control in Burn Injuries
Doctors and other healthcare practitioners typically use preventative measures to reduce a burn injury victim’s risk of infection. Early burn eschar excision, topical antibiotic treatment, fluid therapy, and other aggressive infection control measures are often associated with improved outcomes. An infection can still occur, however. Victims that experience them and survive may be entitled to additional compensation for any additional medical expenses or pain and suffering they have endured. Should the victim suffer a fatality because of their injuries or a resulting infection, the family may be owed compensation for a wrongful death.
Contact Our Appleton Burn Injury Lawyers
Although victims are not required to hire an attorney during a burn injury case, legal representation is highly encouraged. First, having assistance can help ensure that you and your loved ones have the time and energy you need to focus on grieving and healing. Secondly, an attorney can work as a skilled negotiator in your case. Oftentimes, this can increase the outcome of a case, but at the very least, it can ensure your rights are protected throughout the process. In short, you can worry less about whether you are being taken advantage of and focus more on what matters most – yourself and your loved ones.
At Herrling Clark Law Firm, Ltd., we strive for the most favorable outcome in every case. No matter what your situation, we will aggressively protect your rights. Put the experience and knowledge of our Appleton burn injury lawyers to work in your case. Call 920-739-7366 and schedule your free, no-obligation consultation today.