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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Psychological Issues from Burn Injuries Affect Quality of Life


If you or a loved one has been the victim of a burn accident, you know all to well the pain is felt in more ways than just the physical aspect of it. More than just physical or bodily pain may be involved. There are many psychological issues resulting from burn injuries that may affect the quality of life of the rest of your life.

Any traumatic experience a person goes thru, be it an accident, car wreck, or being the victim of a crime can cause a condition known as Post Traumatic Stress. When one is accidentally burned severely, they undergo the whole spectrum of the hospital stay, skin grafting, dis-figuration of the tissues. Also there is monetary stress one must go thru in incurring the extra costs of medical expenses. Added expenses for fuel to make all those trips to the doctor while you are in the healing process can add up. And don¢t forget lost wages may be unavoidable and also loss of sick leave and vacation time that could have been accruing if time off of work was not needed.

While one is going thru the physical healing processes after a burn accident, there are psychological wounds and issues to deal with too. Depression may be the result after undergoing such a stress. Self-esteem may be affected. Social anxiety issues may arise if there is a permanent disfiguration. Pain and disfigurement may lead to the loss of friends. Many, many emotional issues have to be dealt with.

As mentioned, being a burn victim can lead to Depression and Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. The ongoing care of a psychiatrist and psychologist may be needed by the burn victim to help resolve his emotional trauma. The use of long-term medication may also be needed.

The burn accident may leave you physically, emotionally, psychologically, and socially damaged. The ability to earn your living may even be compromised or at risk. It is not just the single burn victim that can be affected. Ones whole family will suffer the distress of seeing their loved one in pain and suffering. If the loved one is the bread earner of the family, the whole family’s financial well being may also suffer.

If you or a loved one has incurred a life altering burn accident and would like to know if you should file a claim for personal injury or have been hurt at work and would like to know if you have a workman’s comp claim, please contact the knowledgeable West Los Angles and Orange County burn Injury Attorneys at they can be contacted at 888-400-9721.

Description: Victims who sustain burn injuries often have life altering injuries that can keep them from maintaining a job and other parts of there lives. For this reason the burn victim needs to be represented by a personal injury attorney.

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