Question

What factors must be evaluated when considering the functional limitations or vocational handicaps for an individual who has a burn injury?

Answer

 

Several factors must be evaluated when considering the functional limitations or vocational handicaps for the individual with the burn injury. The percentage of body surface involved and the depth of the burns must be considered. Potential complications resulting from smoke inhalation (pulmonary dysfunction) and cardiovascular limitations or dysfunction must also be taken into consideration. Complications resulting from sepsis, urinary tract, and gastrointestinal dysfunction, as well as severe weight loss must also be taken into account. This information combined with age, education, work history, and other relevant factors should be used to complete an accurate assessment of functional limitations or vocational handicaps.

 

For more information view your online reading assignment “Assessment of Damages” by Paul M. Deutsch

Deutsch, P. “Assessment of Damages.” In P. Deutsch and H. Sawyer (Ed.) A Guide to Rehabilitation. White Plains, NY: AHAB Press.

 

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