Burn Injury Attorney

People who have sustained serious injuries from burns not only experience acute physical pain, but their injuries can also cause them serious emotional trauma. Burn victims often need to undergo a painful and extensive recovery, and are many times left with disfigurement and permanent scarring. People who have severe burn injuries are typically hospitalized because of their injuries, which results in immense medical bills.

An American Burn Association report revealed that almost 500,000 burn injury victims require medical attention each year in this country. Around 40,000 burn victims in the U.S. require hospitalization, and approximately 3,000 people succumb each year to burn injuries and smoke inhalation. Unfortunately, many burn injuries and related deaths are the result of someone’s negligence and could have been avoided.

Burn injuries and the medical treatment that is necessary to heal correctly often leave victims with mounting medical bills, and even if the injuries are the result of someone else’s negligence, burn victims rarely get the compensation they deserve. If you’d like to recover monetary compensation for your painful injuries, reach out to Future Firm Law. We can carefully review the facts of your case and lead you through the process of filing your claim for compensation.

Most Common Causes of Burn Injuries

While it’s certainly possible for burn injuries to unexpectedly occur in almost any setting, they are usually suffered in kitchen fires, car accidents, workplace accidents, industrial explosions, electrical issues or as the result of exposure to toxic chemicals. These are the four types of burns that are most commonly sustained in accidents:

  • Electrical Burns – These occur when an electrical current passes through the body, and are often a result of contact with exposed or damaged outlets and electrical cords. Stun guns and lightning can also cause electrical burns. When severe, electrical burns can be fatal.
  • Chemical Burns – This type of burn occurs when living tissue is exposed to certain agents or substances, including alkylates, arsine, strong acids and oxidizers. Chemical burns can be sustained when harmful matter is swallowed or exposed to the skin.
  • Thermal Burns – These are caused by contact with heated objects such as boiling water, hot coffee, fire, hot objects and fireworks, among other things.

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Classifications of Burns

The American Burn Association designates burns as minor, moderate and major, although medical personnel typically classify burns by degree—First through Fourth , based on severity. These are the categories:

  • First degree burn – The least severe classification of burns, also referred to as a “superficial burn.” Symptoms can include swelling, redness, discomfort and minor pain. Most times, these burns do not require any medical attention and can be treated on their own.
  • Second degree burn – More severe than first-degree burns. When you have this type of a burn designation, it means that the first and second layers of the skin have been affected. Common symptoms are redness, scarring, blistering, discomfort and pain. Second degree burns usually heal within a few weeks.
  • Third degree burn – An extremely painful burn also referred to as a “full thickness burn.” This type of burn destroys both layers of skin and may also include damage to the tendons, underlying muscles and bones. The location of the burn usually leaves the skin charred or white, and skin graft surgery afterwards is typical.
  • Fourth degree burn – The most severe and deepest burns. Fourth degree burns destroy all skin layers, as well as damage muscle, tissue and bone, and the resulting pain is excruciating. Burn victims with this level of injury usually require long-term care, and the damages could potentially be fatal.

Compensation for Burn Injuries

Sometimes, a victim’s burn injuries are the result of another individual’s reckless or negligent behavior. If the person at fault was charged with caring for the victim in some way, and their negligent behavior caused the victim’s burn injuries, the victim may be entitled to compensation for not only medical bills, but also for rehabilitation costs, lost wages, future earning capacity, and pain and suffering.

When a burn injury happens in the workplace, the injured employee is eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, and a complaint may be filed with the Department of Industrial Accidents. If a third party contributes to or causes the employee’s injuries, the victim may file a third-party liability claim in state court, in addition to their workers’ compensation claim.

Severe burn injuries require a lengthy recovery for people who sustain them, causing them to miss time from work and lose wages. Future Firm Law will research your case, and if your injuries were the result of the negligence of another person or entity, we will prove your case and help you obtain compensation.