Just as every catastrophic injury is unique and every victim is unique, so are the teams of medical and legal experts needed to handle the catastrophic injury victim’s care and their personal injury claim.
The most common causes of major burn injuries in the United States are fires and scalding from hot liquids. Although much less common, catastrophic injury burns from electricity tend to be severe because of the high temperatures involved with electrical arcing. Severe burn injuries will require specialized treatment in burn centers that are often attached to major trauma hospitals. Immediate dangers that must be managed include shock from fluid loss and edema. Following that, infection is the complication most often seen with major burns due to the body’s loss of the skin as the primary barrier against microorganisms. Once these immediate dangers are countered, other medical specialists become involved in longer term care: