Burns are Physically and Emotionally Painful Injuries

Anyone who has had even the most superficial burn can attest to the fact it hurts, quite deeply in fact. Even for those who have never had a burn at all (those the number must be low), they still know this simply by the idea of being burned. There is a visceral reaction to the act of someone getting burned. Seeing in on-screen gets people to wince and turn away. Seeing one on a person produces a shudder and deep sympathy.

But, in this sense at least, a burn is like any other injury. After all, seeing a broken bone or dislocation produces the same reaction. People turn away, shudder, wince, express deep sympathy.

The difference lies in the long-term results of burns. When burns are serious, they leave a mark that most other injuries do not. A broken bone heals and it seems like nothing ever happened. A dislocation is the same way. Surgery leaves scars, but they are usually strategically placed and as small as possible so it is rare they leave the same marks as burns.

Burns do leave makes, and they are, of course, not strategically placed. In fact, burns often cover large swathes of skin. Since they cannot be minimized, they leave a permanent reminder of pain as well as a permanent cause of discomfort for others.

This would be bad enough, but there is a psychological toll that can be taken by having an injury so viscerally exposed. There is, of course, the initial feels of ugliness and self-disgust that come from burns, but there is also a difficulty in being able to emotionally move on from what must always be a traumatic event. Whereas other injuries, by healing completely, can in some sense move away from the center of the conscious mind, burns remain present to the mind whenever there is a mirror nearby. They are inescapable.

Such emotional pain is harder to heal than for other injuries. This fact should mean more attention is paid to those who suffer from burns. On a personal level, more effort should be made to help friends or family members who have suffered serious burns to adapt to life and come to terms with their physical change. For those in the medical community, more should be done to urge burn victims to seek psychological help. Psychologists can help equip burn victims with the tools necessary to move past the worst of their emotional troubles.

There is also a burden on legal professionals to do more to press cases where burns are the fault of others. Law firms that deal with burn injuries should prosecute cases severely and look for maximum damages in order to help limit future burn victims. Receiving compensation could also provide some needed closure for victims.

Everyone can do more to help those struggling to return to a normal life after suffering serious burns. Taken together, these efforts can reduce the burden to heal on the victim and can help ensure more is done to help healing go more than skin deep.

Slip and Fall Accidents in Schools

Tripping, slipping, and falling are very common accidents, and they may result into injuries such as head trauma, neck strains, back problems, fractures, especially in the arm, leg, and hip area, and sprains. Property owners may be held responsible for these kinds of accidents. According to the personal injury website alimokaramlawfirm.com, a negligent party may be held liable for the injury of an innocent party. In the case of tripping, slipping, and falling, the negligent party may be the property owner, and the innocent party may be the visitor.

This kind of accident can be very devastating for children, especially because they can be energetic and trigger a more forceful accident and they can be very fragile and get injured easily.

Indoor slip and fall

Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere, may it be indoor or outdoor. They are generally triggered by certain factors. In the case of indoor slip and fall accidents, these factors include but are not limited to the following:

  • Cylindrical objects such as pencils, pens, and markers
  • Defective railings, stairs, escalators, and elevators
  • Loose cables
  • Obstructions like loose cabinets and chairs
  • Platforms and other elevated spaces
  • Slippery substances such as drinks and air condition leaks
  • Poor quality floor wax
  • Worn carpets and rugs
  • Outdoor slip and fall

Causes of outdoor slip and fall accidents are generally associated with the property owners’ poor maintenance. The factors that may be involved in outdoor slip and fall accidents include but are not limited to the following:

  • Buildup of snow and ice on the roof
  • Leaking pipes
  • Pile of leaves
  • Pool of water
  • Potholes and other uneven surfaces
  • Snow and ice on pavement
  • Trash and other debris
  • Duty of care

Schools have the duty of student safety, so if a student has been hurt, that duty is breached, and they may be held liable, especially if the injury has been sustained because of the schools’ negligence. School staff, such as teachers and janitors, should also know better. They should be aware of possible hazards and keep them away from the students.

How Can You Treat a Blood Clot?

Blood clots can be incredibly dangerous and potentially fatal circumstances, which is why they are often taken so seriously. Can they be treated, however? The answer is yes.

There have been some instances, even that of people who have suffered Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), where they have been able to make practically full recoveries. It isn’t easy, however, but it is definitely possible. Physical therapy, anticoagulant medication, a regular diet, and moderate exercise can stimulate the body into repairing itself.

There have been instances where a patient who suffered from DVT who used to have an active, sporty lifestyle was told she could never run again but, determined to maintain her healthy regimen, was able to run marathons again after patient and disciplined therapy and medication. This process is slow and arduous but a recovery can be done.

Some people, however, are more at risk for blood clots than others. This can be a natural condition – pregnant women and diabetic people are more prone to blood clotting than others, for example – but according to the website of the lawyers with Habush Habush and Rottier S.C., people can also be made more susceptible to blood clots than others due to extreme physical trauma. Something like a devastating injury-causing accident or even a medical mishap may cause this to happen.

There are some preventative measures that are available for people with special conditions such as this. There are anticoagulant drugs available on the market but there is also the option to have a device called an IVC filter installed into one’s inferior vena cava in order to catch clots before they can reach the lungs and cause more damage, such as pulmonary embolism. However, even these devices present their own dangers should they be faulty – like the cases with Bard G2 IVC Filters.

Be wary, then, that help you get be not one that does you more harm.

Medical Dangers and Birth Defects

When pregnant, it is important to consider not just your own health, but the heath of your unborn child. All mothers intend to do what is best for their children. However, in many unfortunate cases, medication which can be beneficial to your health can be severely detrimental to the health of your child. In these tragic cases, moderate to severe birth defects can result.

A recent example of this unfortunate occurrence was the discovery of potential links between the morning sickness drug Zofran and birth defects. Originally intended to aid the nausea of patients undergoing cancer treatment such as chemotherapy, many women were unfortunately prescribed this drug off label to aid their severe morning sickness. According to the website of Williams Kherkher lists the common potential birth defects resulting from the use of this drug as congenital heart defects, cleft lip, and cleft palate.

It is vitally important to be aware of these dangers as you care for yourself and your unborn child. However, if you were not properly informed or warned of the severely detrimental side effects of a particular medication and your child was born with a disorder or birth defect, you may be entitled to compensation for the medical expenses and other losses associated with their condition.

In addition to dangers posed by medications, some babies are born with injuries or disabilities because of the negligence of a medical professional either before, during, or shortly after a child’s birth. One tragically common disorder that can result from such circumstances is cerebral palsy. The website of the Driscoll Firm defines cerebral palsy as “a large group of motor conditions that result in varying degrees of physical disability; this exists within the cerebrum, and primarily affects a patient’s motor skills and cognitive abilities.” Sadly, medical malpractice has been found to be responsible for a surprising amount of cerebral palsy cases of varying severity.

The Difference Between Intentional Torts and Negligence

Unexpected injury and illness happens to everyone. However, in some cases this suffering is caused by the behavior of someone else. These cases are known as “personal injury” cases. The website of Pohl Berk defines personal injury as “the physical, emotional, and financial trauma, or other undue harm associated with an unexpected injury or illness caused by another party’s recklessness or negligence.” There are two types of personal injury cases: intentional tort and negligence.

In some cases, an unexpected injury or illness is categorized as an intentional tort. This is described as a deliberate wrong resulting from an intentional act of the transgressor. Something is only defined as an intentional tort if there is proof that the other party intended for the victim to suffer in they way that they did. This stipulation is not required for the other type of personal injury case: negligence.

According to the website of Spiros Law, P.C., in order to prove negligence, a victim must demonstrate that: The defendant owed the victim a duty of care, the victim suffered from the defendants failure to meet this duty, and the victim’s injuries are significant enough to warrant compensation. Essentially, a victim must prove that although the defendant was not intentionally trying to harm anyone, certain aspects of the defendants behavior led to the victims personal suffering.

If you or a loved one feels they may have suffered a personal injury due to negligence or an intentional tort, it is important that you gain an understanding of the appropriate terminology surrounding your case. It may be a situation in which it is simply an unfortunate accident that is no one fault, yet it also may be be due to the reckless or negligent actions of someone else.

Reckless Driving of Service Vehicles

Service vehicles such as garbage trucks provide vital services to neighborhoods- yet when used inappropriately they can become hazards to the very communities they serve. While we like to think service vehicles are only there to help, unfortunately the drivers are subject to make the same mistakes as any driver. These mistake could result in reckless driving. Reckless driving accidents are distinguished from other accidents in that they are entirely preventable. The website of the Lexington car accident lawyers at Wilson & McQueen, PLLC lists speeding, tailgating, running red lights, running stop signs, failing to merge / yield, distracted driving, and driving while intoxicated (DWI) as examples of reckless driving.

If convicted of reckless driving, a driver can face various consequences depending on the severity of the accident. The driver may potentially face sentences ranging from fines to prison time. Depending on the violation, the conviction could stay on the drivers driving record for upwards of 11 years. Additionally, should someone injured in a reckless driving accident choose to file a suit against the driver, the driver may have to pay the victim monetary compensation for any medical expenses and injuries sustained in the accident.

If you or someone you know are injured in an accident involving a service vehicle, you may find yourself seeking legal solutions for your medical conditions or inconveniences. It is important to find out your eligibility for compensation. For example, if injured in an accident involving a garbage truck, a garbage truck accident attorney is a person who might know what to do about it. Service vehicles are vital parts of our communities, yet it is important to remember that they are as dangerous as any other vehicle in the hands of a reckless driver.