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Burn Injuries

Burns can be about the most painful injuries a person can have, I know because I’ve been there. No words are adequate to describe that kind of pain. On that pain scale of one to ten, burn injuries can reach hit about 10,000. It’s simply surreal. No amount of morphine or Demerol is adequate to overcome it. We see burn injuries most often in natural gas or gasoline explosions, but there are many ways burn injuries can occur even chemical burns. Fortunately here in Atlanta we have a superb Grady Hospital Burn Unit. If a loved one has a serious burn injury anywhere within a 100-150 mile radius of Atlanta, your first response should be take them to Grady. If you were in scouts as a kid you probably learned about first, second, and third degree burns. First degree burns make the skin red, involve swelling and are painful for a short time. Usually they are pretty minor unless they cover a huge area of the body. Second degree burns go through the second layer of skin. If they’re less than about three inches in diameter and not involved in hands, face, groin, or buttocks, that can be minor. But, if a second degree burn covers a large portion of the body or those areas I just mentioned it can be major and even life threatening if it involves the throat or lungs. A full thickness second degree burn may require extensive skin graphs and scarring. Third degree burns involve all the layers of the skin and cause permanent tissue damage, fat, muscle and even bone may be affected. The burned areas may even be charred black or appear dry and white. Inhalation of smoke and carbon monoxide may complicate any burn injury. If the bronchial passages are burned it’s life threatening. Infection is another huge threat in serious burn injuries so intravenous antibiotics along with intravenous pain medicine are standard treatment. Now hydrotherapy might sound like something you do while in a spa but in a burn unit it’s entirely different. Hydrotherapy is used to cleanse the skin, minimize scar formation and prevent infection. It’s kind of like being sandblasted with every raw nerve fully exposed and is excruciating. After burns and skin grafts there might be weeks of home care that requires pain staking changing of dressing every day and months of wearing uncomfortable compression garments. The mental aspects of a burn injury can be almost as bad as the physical. Some of the medication used to control the physical pain can cause bizarre hallucinations. Now I am generally pretty skeptical about post-traumatic stress claims but it can really fit a person who has severe burns in an explosion. If there is substantial scarring the loss of body image and the reactions of other people who are alarmed by the appearance can be devastating. If you or a loved one has had a serious burn injury that is someone else’s fault call for a free consultation*. I hope we can help.

On May 22, 2018, former State Bar of Georgia president Ken Shigley will be a candidate for election to the Georgia Court of Appeals. The only other candidate is Ken Hodges, a former Dougherty County District Attorney. Ken Hodges was the Democratic Party nominee for Attorney General in 2010.

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"Goes above and beyond and is a mountain of knowledge on spine and brain injuries. He does his research and represents you with a level of excellence. Remains a friend after representing me." Dee M., Woodstock, GA
"I have collaborated with Mr. Shigley on several initiatives within Georgia’s Judiciary over the past few years and found him to be a persistent and attentive individual. Ken has taken great pride in his involvement with the projects that I have worked on and he is good at influencing success. Despite his hectic schedule, Ken has always made time to discuss, research and review ideas for the best way to accomplish goals. I look forward to a continued working relationship in this and future roles." Jorge B., CIO, Judicial Council of Georgia
"After having to have a hole drilled in an automobile part at a machine shop 10 years ago, I told my uncle I could have done that. My uncle replied, "You are doing this once these guys do it every day" That simply means if you don't know where to turn, get help and get an expert. Ken was that help when I was severely injured during a fatal accident. Ken and his team at Shigley Law are experts, and are here to help you during your crisis. Ken will be there during the injury, recovery, and trial. He and his firm will work hard to see that you are represented fairly!" Jeremy R.
"Ken is a very kind man. He has a wealth of knowledge and is going above and beyond to help us while representing our case." Candy F., spouse of catastrophic injury client, Plains, GA
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