The current issue of Safety Report magazine carries an article by Charlie Morecraft, "A Burn Survivor’s True Story."   It shows more insight about the experience of burn injuries more than anything I have read.  Some excerpts:


  • "Burn victims will tell you that it doesn’t matter how much morphine is injected. They say the pain is so excruciating, that they have difficulty even finding the words to describe it. Burn pain can be one of the most intense and prolonged types of pain and is difficult to control because of its unique characteristic and changing patterns."
  • Regarding hydrotherapy, "one patient describes it as ‘surreal amounts of pain, almost awe, as if they were taking ladies’ stockings off my arms and legs, only, it was my own skin.’ After awhile, everyone lying in the hospital rooms comes to fear this room. morphine is kept in a locked chest nearby, in dozens of cold vials, and medical staff refill the chest every week."

I’ve been there, can vouch for the accuracy of those descriptions, but by the grace of God am fine now.  That experience informs my advocacy for burn survivors at a depth beyond mere words.

If you ever have a serious burn injury in northern Georgia, tell the ambulance driver, "take me to Grady, " as the Grady Memorial Hospital Burn Center is the only appropriate place to go for burn treatment in a large area of Georgia.




Ken Shigley, author of Georgia Law of Torts: Trial Preparation & Practice, is  a Certified Civil Trial Advocate of the National Board of Trial Advocacy, and has been listed as a "Super Lawyer" (Atlanta Magazine), among the "Legal Elite" (Georgia Trend Magazine), and in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. He practices law at the Atlanta law firm of Chambers, Aholt & Rickard, and has broad experience in trucking accidents, automobile, products and premises liability, catastrophic personal injury, spinal cord injury, wrongful death, products liabilitybrain injury and burn injury cases. He is also president-elect of the State Bar of Georgia. Ken and  This post is subject to our ethical disclaimer.