House Fire in Mississippi Shows Severity of Burn Injuries
Tragedy struck a Vicksburg, MS family on September 19, 2017, as a wheelchair-bound woman lost her life in a severe fire that firefighters battled for hours. According to Mississippi News Now, arcing power lines and scorching flames prevented first responders from reaching the 62-year-old victim before she succumbed to the extreme heat and smoke. Family members did their part to try and rescue the woman, calling 911 immediately and using household fire extinguishers in an attempt to battle the blaze. Authorities continue their investigation, but there were indications that the fire was electrical in nature. Burn victims who survive face a long, painful road to recovery, especially healing the psychological and emotional scars that often accompany their physical injuries. If you or a loved one has been burn due to the fault of another person, talk to a Mississippi accident injury about your options to recover compensation.
Degrees of Burns
Burns are categorized by severity and how deeply they penetrate the various layers of skin.
- First Degree: A minor or superficial burn falls into this category, where only the outer layer of skin, the epidermis, is affected. The skin is red and painful, and may swell, but no blisters will develop.
- Second Degree: This type of burn involves the epidermis and dermis, which is the second layer of skin. The burn goes beyond redness and pain, actually causing blistering of the skin. The effects may be immediate, but the symptoms could take some time to develop in some situations.
- Third Degree: With this category of burn, the injury penetrates the dermis and epidermis, as well as the fat tissue that lies beneath these layers. A third degree burn can damage nerves, making the area of the victim’s body numb. The appearance and texture of the skin may also be affected, feeling leathery and tough.
- Fourth Degree: In the most severe type of burn, the injury goes through skin, fat, and other tissue to impact the muscles and bone underneath. The dermis and epidermis may be blackened, or they may be completely burned away. With the resulting nerve damage, a victim may experience complete numbness.
Types of Damages for Victims
Burn victims may have a claim if there is negligence involved with an accident or where a product’s defects caused the injuries. It’s possible to recover compensation for:
- Economic damages, such as medical costs and lost wages;
- Pain and suffering, which tends to be extreme;
- Disfigurement and disability;
- Loss of enjoyment and quality of life;
- Loss of relationships; and,
- Other factors that result from the burn injury.
A Biloxi Attorney Can Help if You’ve Suffered a Burn Injury
Burn injuries are devastating for victims, as the physical pain and scars are only the beginning of the suffering. You do have legal rights if you’re hurt due to the negligence of another person, such as a property owner’s carelessness in maintaining his or her premises; defective products may also be to blame. It’s possible to recover compensation for your losses, but time is of the essence in burn injury cases. For more information on burn injuries that occur as a result of an accident, product, or other factors, please contact the attorneys at the Law Offices of Judy Guice in Biloxi, MS right away. We can answer your questions or set up a consultation to discuss your situation.