Though only a medical professional can diagnose and treat complications arising from severe burn injuries, there are some issues that tend to commonly affect veterans with service-connected injuries of this nature.
Some of the issues that tend to come up for second-, third- and fourth degree burn patients include:
- Burns that penetrate into the dermal layer can destroy sweat glands; this cannot be corrected through skin grafting. Affected areas of the body will not be able to sweat, making it impossible to thermoregulate. This makes one especially vulnerable to hot weather, resulting in high utility bills during the summer months.
- Skin problems such as extreme dryness and scarring. Also, the skin is at significantly greater risk for residual injury and infection.
- Contractures, where joints can no longer move freely due to the skin surrounding a burn pulling together tightly. Contractures must be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible in the interests of limiting the impact.
- Psychological complications such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), sleep disorders, or depression. These can result either from the incident that caused the injury or lengthy periods of continual, extreme pain during the recovery process. Veterans who experience psychological complications must also seek treatment from mental health professionals.
If you are a veteran struggling to transition back into civilian life while recovering from second- or third-degree burns, you'll want an advocate who can help you through the process of applying for benefits or appealing your VA disability case.
Talk to one of our experienced and compassionate Texas veterans disability lawyers at Morgan & Weisbrod by calling 877-898-1581today.