The First Law of Thermodynamics states that energy cannot be created or destroyed—it is only changed. If you rip paper apart, the ripped paper is still paper. Sometimes, it can be pieced back together. But there are some things that are truly changed forever. Take wood, for example. When wood is consumed by flame, its chemical composition is simply changed and it becomes ash and smoke. The wood has not been destroyed—it is simply reduced and changed, though irreversibly so.

This is what happens when things burn – and people are nearly just as fragile as parchment can be.

Burn accidents can be deadly, yes, but sometimes surviving them can be a difficult task in and of itself. A lot of burn victims who have survived severe burns are often left physically deformed and disabled. Not to mention that burn accidents are quite traumatic in nature and it could take a toll on a victim emotionally and mentally. According to the website of Pohl & Berk LLP, victims of burn accidents may also develop depression or even Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), following the incident.

Though accidents of an unpredictable nature can happen – like sudden lightning strikes that simply cannot be helped — the cases for burn accidents, more often than not, are due to the negligence of another party. There need not be a literal flame for burns to occur as there are some substances that could very well cause the same kind of burning chemical reaction to occur.

The biggest and most devastating accidents can come from the most seemingly inconsequential mistakes. There are moments in time when even just a few careless seconds could cost the homes and lives of hundreds or thousands of people. An estimate from the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that over 200,000 deaths are due to household fires each year and a lot of these come from families with a lower income. It is important, then, to make sure that people receive apt treatment for not only their injuries for accidents like these but also for the consequences that these injuries have presented to their everyday lives.