The Physical and Emotional Impact of Burn Injuries

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Survivors of traumatic burn injuries often have to deal with life-altering physical and emotional trauma. There are many long-term problems they have to face, especially when these injuries are not properly treated. If you are a victim of a burn injury experiencing intense helplessness, fear and insecurity, you need to seek professional assistance together with the counsel of a well-versed Ventura County burn injury attorney.

Grieving the loss

Burn injuries can make you feel like a loser but you are not. Yes, there will be intense pain and your life will be somewhat different but as soon as you embrace change things will get better. Grief is a natural part of the healing process. It doesn’t change who you are but it rather reminds you that your life has dramatically changed. You may also feel angry about the loss and disoriented but that’s natural. Physical and emotion-focused therapy can always help get to the other side faster.


Victims of burn injuries often feel physically and emotionally overwhelmed by all the changes. They need professional intervention during the recovery period otherwise it’ll take longer and issues that haven’t been dealt with will rise to the surface. Some common stages of recovery include:

  • Finding safety
  • Remembering and mourning
  • Get back to life

Post traumatic stress

This is when someone has witnessed a traumatic event and they struggle to recover from the emotional trauma. Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Sleeping problems
  • Quick-tempered
  • Lack of interest
  • Confinement and avoiding interaction with others
  • Keep talking about what happened
  • Avoiding thoughts about the trauma or any places that remind you of it
  • Avoiding places where the injuries were treated
  • Flashbacks and nightmares
  • Difficult to talk about what happened

Some of these symptoms will persist unless you seek adequate treatment. Talk to a professional counselor about what happens and follow their advice.

Your health

Physical healing is also important. Treatment for burn injuries can be very painful. The skin is removed, and infected areas cleaned. It’s important to attend skin and physical therapies and get back to regular activities. Some patients may need multiple surgeries as part of their recovery, especially when the victim is disfigured. Methods such as facial transplants may be needed.

Seeking help

You can’t do this on your own. There are professionals out there trained and fully equipped to help you during this difficult time. Contact a Ventura County burn injury attorney if you need help with the legal aspects of your recovery. You are entitled to compensation for the economic and noneconomic damages. Economic damages include your financial losses while non-economic damages will cover the emotional losses. Some financial and medical experts may help calculate the projected physical and emotional losses and ensure ongoing treatment is covered, depending on the nature of your injuries. We understand this is a difficult time for you and would love to get you to safe shores. Call The Law Offices of J. Jeffrey Herman and schedule your initial case evaluation.

The Law Offices of J. Jeffrey Herman has a focus on personal injury cases in other parts of California.

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