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Personal injury suffered from burns is not just physical

Those in Arizona who have suffered burn injuries know that the pain endured is not just physical. The personal injury involved with this type of trauma can leave a victim psychologically damaged as well. For some, this is harder to cope with than any physical losses.

Everyone handles injuries differently. Many victims of burn injuries report feeling sad, hopeless, alone and even upset. As a result of these feelings, it is common for burn victims to have difficulty sleeping, concentrating, relaxing or having enough energy to make it through the day. These feelings can affect people for days, weeks, months or even years after the incident occurred.

Psychological distress related to burn injuries may occur for a number of reasons. Burn victims have very physical and mental reminders of the events that caused their injuries. Mental pictures of such incidents can be very difficult to overcome. Along with thinking about such events, these victims are dealing with physical discomforts, changes of appearance, loss of independence -- in some cases -- and difficulty returning to normal daily life -- among various other challenges.

The psychological damages associated with burn injuries can lengthen recovery time, increase pain, worsen medical conditions and reduce one's interest in participating in the rehabilitative process. As such, those who are victims of burn injuries that resulted from another individual's negligence may seek compensation for not only their physical losses, but for their emotional distress as well. Financial relief may be awarded if a personal injury claim is successfully litigated in an Arizona civil court.

Source: msktc.org, "Psychological Distress After Burn Injury", James Fauerbach, Ph.D., and Shawn Mason, Ph.D., Accessed on Dec. 6, 2015

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