Even after they recover from their burn injuries, many people are left with scars, discoloration and other such issues. Some have deformities. Burned tissue does not always regenerate perfectly, even with proper medical care, especially when the burns were very severe.
This can lead to some significant body image issues that may last for life. These may include:
In many ways, this makes the burn injuries, even though they have healed, something that impacts every moment of the person’s day. They may spend a lot of time obsessing over them and worrying about everything. They may remove themselves from certain social situations or intimate relationships. They may struggle with depression and anxiety, needing medication to cope with the way that they feel for years after the incident.
If you have gotten burned on the job and you’re considering workers’ compensation, make sure you keep all of these issues in mind. They really help to define the impact the injury has on your life, which could be far greater than an outsider would realize.