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Children can suffer serious trauma after a burn injury.


One Resident Injured, Hospitalized After North-Side Fire

According to a KSAT News report, one person was rushed to the hospital following a house fire this week.

SAFD reported that the fire started at around 2:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 16th, at a residence at the intersection of West Woodlawn Avenue and Howard Street. The type of residence was unclear in the report, but the fire was reportedly only on the ground floor in one unit. The resident of that unit was taken to a local hospital with unknown injuries. Other residents reported hearing an explosion before the fire, but this fact could not be confirmed by SAFD. The cause of the fire is under investigation, and no other injuries were reported.

Did You Know?

Scalding is the most common burn injury for children younger than 4 years old.

The Psychological Effect of Burn Injuries on Children

Recovery from a burn injury can be incredibly difficult for the victim — roughly 90% of adults and children show at least one symptom of acute stress after a burn, and 30% go on to develop PTSD.

Children are especially vulnerable to trauma from a burn injury. It is difficult for the child, parents, and close family to struggle with the emotional impact these injuries cause. It’s important to know the common behavioral changes children will experience after a burn and how to tell if your child has developed PTSD.

Common Behavioral Changes in Children After a Burn Injury

Children will naturally exhibit changes in behavior after a severe injury like a burn. According to the MSKTC, some of these changes include:

  • Sleeping Problems/Nightmares
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Fear,
  • Withdrawal,
  • General Sadness,
  • Changes in Appetite,
  • Irritability,
  • Aggression,
  • And Regression.

While it is normal to see such dramatic changes in behavior in your child, it is completely possible for them to fully recover and return to normal with proper support and treatment.

Symptoms of Acute Stress Disorder/PTSD in Children

After a severe burn, children may exhibit signs of acute stress and/or PTSD. If this is the case, your child will exhibit extreme reactions like:

  • Avoiding anything that makes them remember the burn,
  • Being overly on guard against being burned again,
  • Reliving the burn injury (feeling like they’re being burned all over again),
  • Feeling overly anxious or edgy.

These reactions may occur for only a few days after the injury and be normal. However, if they persist for months after the injury, they develop into acute stress disorder or PTSD. This will greatly interfere with their lives and make returning to normal difficult. However, there are effective treatments for PTSD in children.

Suing for PTSD/Emotional Distress in Children

The psychological impact of a severe burn can be calculated in your personal injury claim.

While you can’t sue for emotional distress or PTSD apart from an injury, the treatment and life impact caused by these conditions will be calculated into your compensation when suing for a burn injury to your child.

Additionally, in order to sue for your child’s injury, you must prove that negligence caused the injury.

Is Your Child Suffering from PTSD/Emotional Distress After a Burn Injury? Call Carabin Shaw.

Your first priority will be getting your child back to a normal life — our first priority will be getting you the compensation you deserve.

Call Carabin Shaw child injury attorneys at 800-862-1260 for a free case review to find out if your case qualifies for compensation for:

  • Ambulance Costs,
  • ER Treatment,
  • Surgeries,
  • PTSD/Emotional Distress,
  • Psychological treatment,
  • Ongoing Medical Care,
  • Disfigurement,
  • And More.

Let us handle the legal hassle while you help your child. We look forward to serving you.

Contacting a Carabin Shaw attorney is free and does not obligate you to work with the firm.

¹KSAT Report


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