9/11 Burn Injuries
The September 11th attacks caused significant damage to the New York community. In the fallout of the attacks, survivors faced perilous conditions that put them at risk for long-term injury such as burns. Knowing the seriousness of the conditions that the survivors experienced during 9/11, the World Trade Center Health Program and Victim Compensation Fund were created to help September 11th survivors in their recovery from 9/11 injuries. If you or a loved one suffered burns from the September 11th attacks, contact a 9/11 burn lawyer to discuss your eligibility for benefits under these programs.
The Trauma of Burn Injuries
The World Trade Center Health Program certifies burns as an acute traumatic injury and covers 9/11 burn injuries. With Ground Zero experiencing burning and other dangerous elements, residents, first responders, and victims were at increased risk to experience burns injuries. Risks for burns include open flames, overheated materials, such as hot glass or hot metal, steam, electrical current, and other chemicals.
Treatments and Impacts of Burn Injuries
Burn injuries range in severity, treatment plans, and lasting impact. Severe burns have been shown to cause both physical and mental impact on burn victims, especially in the case of 9/11 burn injuries.
Physical side effects from severe burns include:
- Risk of infection from open burn wounds
- Decreased body functions, such as breathing problems, or needing assistance with eating
- Long-lasting pain in the body
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Limited mobility due to a variety of causes: being bedridden during intensive treatment; scar tissue limiting mobility; damage to underlying skin layers, muscles, and even bone.
Burns have also been shown to cause long-term mental and emotional distress in patients as they deal with the trauma of their burn, painful recovery, and changes in appearance and mobility that impact their daily life. Common mental impairments that affect burn patients include:
Treatments for burns can also be traumatic to burn victims. Treatment for burns can also be intensive and long-term ordeals.
- Hospitalization and rehabilitation
- Skin grafts
Contact a 9/11 Burn Attorney to Discuss Your Eligibility for Benefits
If you or a loved one suffer from burns related to September 11th, contact a 9/11 burn lawyer at Pitta & Baione by completing our online contact form or calling us at 844-982-2667 to discuss your eligibility for benefits.
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