Understanding Burns Or Back Injuries
Burns can be some of the most distressing injuries – due both to the level of pain to be endured and the time taken to heal from burns. A third factor is that these can often be clearly visible to others. Back injuries, on the other hand, are mostly invisible, but can be equally debilitating.
The experts at PHC Law appreciate that there is no such thing as an “okay” personal injury. No matter how it is caused, it’s distressing, annoying and often frightening – both to the injured party and their family, friends and colleagues. Some can be treated as a “mark of achievement” – such as the plaster on a broken leg or arm suffered in a sporting cause being signed by team-mates. This still doesn’t make it much easier to bear!
About Burns & Related Injuries
Usually, the seriousness of any burns injury depends on the depth of the wound and the size of the affected area. Depending on the situation, smoke inhalation can also be another very serious cause of long-term health problems. If only the epidermis (top layer) is affected, this is called superficial (you may well have heard the older term – first-degree). In the most serious circumstances, the injury and damage can reach right down into the muscle under the skin layer. These were called fourth-degree burns, but now are more likely to be described as full-thickness (all three layers of skin) with injury to the underlying muscle.
About back injuries
These might be the result of an accident – in the car, at work, perhaps a trip or fall – and often cause a vertebra to slip, or damage and disturbance to a nerve function. For example, a slipped vertebra can also compress nearby nerve roots. Other obvious causes are broken bones and damaged muscles.
The immediate actions – and consequences – if you suffer a back or burns injuries
Obviously, the first priority is to always have any injury assessed and treated – whether this be by your own GP, at a local Accident & Emergency department, or through referral to a specialist. As the healing process might be slow – both physically and mentally – your life (and that of those around you) may be terribly affected.
Depending on the seriousness, you might need time off work, or be unable to live your life as you previously have (at least for a period). Indeed, some after-effects might, sadly, be permanent – and treatment, such as skin grafts for serious burns, could even extend over a period of years.
How to assess and claim personal injury compensation
If what happened was in no way your fault (or even if you may have been partly, but not fully, to blame), it’s important to contact our experts at PHC Law so that they can discuss with you whether you may be entitled to compensation for your burns – and how best to go about ensuring you receive it if you are.
Their wide experience, having dealt with more than eleven thousand cases, and with many successful claims for clients throughout the London area (always on a no-win, no-fee basis), makes them the go-to solution. If you have suffered burns or back injuries, it’s best to talk to them just as soon as you can.