Approximately 10% of all automobile accident victims become disabled.
Thousands of people each year are seriously burned in accidents resulting in long and painful rehabilitation, scars and disfigurement and, in some cases, death.
Definition: Burn is defined as tissue damage caused by a variety of agents, such as heat, chemicals, electricity, sunlight, or nuclear radiation. Most common are burns caused by scalds, building fires, and flammable liquids and gases. There are three degrees of burns:
- First-degree burns affect only the outer layer (called the epidermis) of the skin.
- Second-degree burns damage the epidermis and the layer beneath it (called the dermis).
- Third-degree burns involve damage or complete destruction of the skin to its full depth and damage to underlying tissues. People who experience such burns often require skin grafting.