A Virginia accident that results in injuries can be life-altering. Catastrophic injuries may mean the accident victim is no longer able to perform many routine tasks, may suffer with lifelong pain and may bear disfiguring scars. Serious burns are one example of an injury that can be devastating for an accident victim and his or her family. The extent and degree of the burn will determine the severity of the outcome and the risk for future complications.

Whether the burns occur in a car crash, liquid or chemical spill, electrical mishap or other incident, even a minor injury, such as a first-degree burn, can be extremely painful. When someone receives burns over a large portion of the body, it can be traumatic. A second-degree burn goes as deep as the second layer of skin and may require surgery. A third-degree burn may go to the innermost layer, damaging sweat glands, hair follicles and nerve endings.

Someone who suffers from third-degree burns may feel little pain at first. As time passes, however, the injuries may become excruciating and require prolonged, painful treatment and numerous surgeries. Burn injury victims, even those with less serious burns, may have a higher risk of infections and other complications.

When an accident leaves a loved one with catastrophic injuries, struggling for an uncertain future, family members may wonder what to do to ease the suffering. If the injury resulted from someone else’s negligence or reckless behavior, it is possible to pursue financial compensation through the Virginia civil courts. With the help of an attorney, burn victims may obtain the funds they need to pay for the quality medical and rehabilitative care that will improve their chances of reaching the most complete recovery possible.

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