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Common Complications of Burn Injuries

As medical treatments and technologies have advanced, complications from serious burn injuries have become less common. However, the risk of complications is still a very real concern for Carrollton burn victims.

If you’ve been burned in an accident in Carrollton Texas, our burn injury attorneys in Carrollton may be able to help. Read on to learn about common complications of burn injuries and to learn more about scheduling a free case review with our Texas personal injury attorneys at Carabin Shaw.

Common Burn Injury Complications, According to Experts

There are many complications that may arise as a result of a burn injury—especially when the burn was severe (meaning it penetrated deep into the skin, covered a large area of the body, or occurred on a sensitive area of the body). These complications may include:

Bacterial infections

Since burns cause loss of the skin barrier and since burns result in immune system dysregulation, burn victims are at a high risk for all types of infection—so much so that patients in burn units cannot even receive flowers due to the infection risk. In severe cases, infections in burn victims can even lead to sepsis, an infection of the bloodstream.

Fluid loss

Burn victims can lose dangerous amounts of fluid after a severe burn, which can cause low blood volume.

Hypothermia or dangerously low body temperature

Your skin is a large component of thermoregulation in the body. Loss of a large amount of skin means that burn victims are consequently prone to hypothermia.

Breathing problems

If the burn was caused by a fire, burn victims may develop breathing difficulties due to the inhalation of smoke or hot air during their accident.


Burn victims often suffer from keloids, which are overgrowths of scar tissue. These can lead to yet another complication:

Joint or bone problems

Scar tissue causes the shortening and tightening of the skin. As a result, contractures may form in the muscles or tendons, making them harder to move.

Preventing Complications After a Burn

In order to prevent serious complications after a severe burn injury, burn victims must often receive extensive medical treatments. You may need to stay at a burn center, receive skin grafts, or enlist the help of a physical therapist—or all of the above. Making a full recovery from a burn injury can take months and cost thousands of dollars.

But if another party’s negligence contributed to your burn, you may have grounds to file a personal injury claim and recover the full cost of your medical treatment, as well as damages for pain and suffering. That’s why you should consult an attorney as soon as possible following a severe burn injury. They can investigate the accident and determine whether or not negligence was a factor, and advise you on your legal rights and options.

Looking for a Qualified Attorney? Call Our Firm Today For a Free Consultation

If you have been injured due to a severe burn in Carrollton, you need to enlist the services of the best burn injury attorneys in Carrollton as soon as possible. The right attorney can help you get justice and compensation for your emotional and financial damages that you incurred as a result of your injury.

The Texas personal injury attorneys at Carabin Shawhave 200 years of combined legal experience, and we specialize in helping Carrollton burn victims. Because your initial consultation and case review with a lawyer is free, you have nothing to lose by calling to speak to us today.

To receive your free consultation with an experienced, compassionate lawyer at Carabin Shaw, call our office serving Carrollton Texas at 1-800-862-1260 or simply fill out our contact form.

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