Burn Injuries 101: Do I Have a Case If I’ve Been Seriously Burned?
There are more than 1.1 million burn injuries that require medical attention each year in the United States. Burn injuries are extremely painful and may have a profound effect on the injured person’s lifestyle and daily activities. In addition to the pain and discomfort involved, proper wound care is essential during the healing process. If you suffered burns while working or as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be eligible for compensation.
Common Causes of Burn Injuries
It’s important to understand the severity of any burn injury. A burn injury involves damage to the skin and, in some cases, other tissues underneath the skin. Burn injuries are graded in “degrees,” depending on the depth and severity of the burn. Common causes of burn injuries include chemical burns, hot liquid burns, and exposure to open flames.
According to the Mayo Clinic, there are three burn classifications that determine the level of emergency care required:
1st-degree burn: the most minor burn in which only the outer layer of skin is burned, but not all the way thorough.
- Skin is usually red
- Swelling often occurs
- Pain sometimes is present
2nd-degree burn: when the first layer of skin has been burned through and the second layer of skin also is burned.
- Blisters develop
- Skin takes on an intensely reddened, splotchy appearance
- Severe pain and swelling occurs
3rd-degree burn: the most serious burn involves all layers of the skin and may result in permanent tissue damage. Fat, muscle, and even bone may be affected. Areas may be charred black or appear dry and white. Difficulty inhaling and exhaling, carbon monoxide poisoning, or other toxic effects may occur if smoke inhalation accompanies the burn.
Remember, in the case of a major burn, immediately call 911 or seek emergency medical attention.
Making a Claim for a Burn Injury
After you or your loved one receives the necessary medical attention and treatment, contact an experienced burn injury attorney to understand your legal rights. A qualified burn injury attorney will thoroughly evaluate your claim and determine if you or your loved one are eligible for compensation. It is very important in any burn case to document all injuries by taking quality photographs at all stages of recovery. Additionally, it is important to obtain and preserve all physical evidence relating to the injury.
Compensation In Burn Injury Cases:
A qualified burn injury attorney may seek compensation on your behalf for the following items of damages:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Compensation for past and future pain, disability, and permanent disfigurement
- Future medical expenses and lost earnings
- Wrongful death of a loved one
Contact the Burn Injury Attorneys at Buzzell, Welsh & Hill Today
If you or a loved one have suffered a serious burn injury, talk to an experienced burn injury attorney and understand your options. The clients of Buzzell, Welsh & Hill benefit from our over 90 years of combined experience in burn injury cases, including successfully negotiating settlements, fighting insurance companies and their lawyers in court, securing the necessary benefits for you to continue living life after your injury, and protecting your family’s future.
We will work to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. Schedule a consultation today with our team of attorneys at (478) 217-2072 or complete a contact form here.