When it comes to burn treatment, there are many variations and risks of treatment that need to be understood by healthcare providers. Mistakes can lead to serious consequences and even death. As a burn patient, the last thing you need when it comes to burn treatment is to receive a level of care which is substandard, increasing your pain and reducing your quality of life. Let’s take a look at the different types of burns and treatments, and how neglect or medical malpractice may occur.
Causes and Treatment of Burns
Burns can be very serious, especially when they are caused by a house fire, a kitchen accident, a car accident, or a chemical. To treat such burns, it is essential that a patient receive the right ‘burn therapy,’ which both eases the pain and simultaneously reduces the damage caused to the skin and internal organs by the burns. There are many different types of treatments for burns. Basically, all burns are unique in that no two people ever get burns exactly in the same manner. Due to this, the treatment for burns is highly specialized, and each treatment plan must be customized after a close examination of both the cause and impact of the burns.
Some procedures used to reduce the effect of burns include dermabrasion and skin grafting, both of which are specialized procedures which should only be undertaken by doctors with proper skills and extensive training in burn care.
Lack of Proper Treatment for Burns
When treatments such as dermabrasion and skin grafting are carried out on a patient, they have to be done properly, using the right tools, techniques and resources. If the standard of care falls at this time, the patient may experience serious consequences. If anything goes wrong, be it with the anesthesia, the procedure or the equipment at the time of the procedure, the healthcare providers, as well as the institute where the treatment is being done, are liable. Burn patients run the risk of infection, increased levels of pain, reduced mobility and other challenges that can have a permanent effect on their quality of life.
Have you or a loved one experienced complications as a result of burn treatments, that you believe may be due to negligence or medical malpractice? Contact Rasmussen and Miner today to arrange for a personalized consultation and to discuss what legal options may be open to you.