Americans suffer an astronomical 1.1 million burn injuries each year that require medical treatment. Most burn injuries do not result in lawsuits either because the injured person is responsible for their own injuries or because the burns are not significant enough to warrant a lawsuit. There are 40,000 hospitalizations each year from burn injuries and many of these accidents are the result of a negligent person or corporation.
Burn injuries are often exacerbated by other negligence that makes the victim’s injuries much worse. Accurate assessment of burn depth on admission is important in making decisions about dressings and surgery. However, the burn wound is a dynamic living environment that will alter depending on both intrinsic factors (such as release of inflammatory mediators, bacterial proliferation) and extrinsic factors (such as dehydration, systemic hypotension, cooling). It is therefore important to review the wound at regular intervals until healing.