Filing a personal injury lawsuit with the help of an experienced attorney at Jacoby & Meyers is one way for burn accident victims to receive compensation for their injuries. Burn injuries require prompt medical attention and care by appropriate health care providers. Doctors, hospital care and pain management specialists will probably be recommended depending on the extent of your burn injury and the specific level of the burn. The substantial medical treatment and rehabilitation costs along with the loss of income can leave burn victims and their families on the verge of financial ruin, especially if time is missed from work or the ability to work is affected altogether.
Causes & Types of Burn Injuries
Burns are typically classified by their cause. Thermal burns occur when an external source, such as a scalding liquid, steam, or flames, raises the temperature of the skin resulting in tissue damage. Caustic acids, solvents, detergents, and other agents can cause chemical burns when they come into contact with the skin. Electrical burns occur when an electrical current passes through the body.
The Difference between First Degree, Second Degree & Third Degree Burns
A first-degree burn only affects the superficial outer layer of the skin. The damaged area may be red and painful, but there is normally no blistering. A second-degree burn reaches the second layer of skin known as the dermis and typically involves blistering. A third-degree burn may penetrate to the underlying tendons, muscle, and bone. The affected area will normally appear white, charred, or leathery.
As a general rule, the greater the body surface area covered by the burn, the greater the severity of the burn. With today's sophisticated treatments, patients with burns affecting up to 90 percent of their body may be able to survive. Treatments for severe burns include the removal of dead and damaged tissue to allow for the growth of healthy tissue, preventing infections, surgery to restore the appearance and function of the affected area, and physical therapy. The physical, financial, and emotional toll faced by burn victims is substantial and may last for months or even years.
Which Personal Injury Accidents are the Leading Cause of Burn Injuries?
Car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle crashes and other vehicular collisions can be the cause of an individual's burn injuries and resulting pain. A construction accident can potentially cause a burn injury as well. If machinery is involved or being utilized during the accident and a fire results, this can also lead to an individual's burn injury.
Premises liability cases involving fire or other potential dangerous conditions can subject a person to a burn injury and create liability issues for the property owner or landlord. It is also not uncommon for fires to start in a boat collision or boating accident in the ocean, therefore subjecting its passengers to the risk of burn injuries.
If you or a loved one is interested in filing a personal injury claim or lawsuit for your burn injury, call Jacoby & Meyers injury attorneys today to schedule your consultation and discuss your case and injuries.