Burn Injury

Burn Injury

Burn injuries are among the most physically painful and psychologically damaging types of injuries that an individual can suffer, leaving scars that are both physical and emotional. Burn injuries frequently result in severe scarring and nerve damage that limit the skin's ability to perspire and react to stimuli. Burn injuries are highly visible and extremely disfiguring, and frequently cause the victim to feel socially ostracized.

Types of Burns:

First-degree burns:

Only affect the outer layer of skin called the epidermis and cause pain, redness, and swelling. Looks like a sunburn with no blistering. They are dry, red, and painful.

Second-degree burns:

Affect the outer and underlying layer of skin called the epidermis. Second degree burns are red, blistered or open, have swelling, and very painful.

Third-degree burns:

Affect all layers of skin called the epidermis and dermis and sometimes deeper tissues. They are often thick and leathery in appearance; can be white, deep red, or black in color; and often have no feeling due to damaged nerve endings.

How Burn Injuries Occur

Almost half of fire-related injuries take place in buildings without smoke alarms. But fire is perhaps surprisingly not the only cause of a burn injury. Burns can occur from contact with scalding hot or boiling water, with certain types of chemicals, or with hot objects like water heaters or motorcycle exhaust pipes, radiators and from friction.

The most common source of burns are fires, and the most common locations for burn injuries due to fire are on job sites, in automobile accidents or in residential property. Electrical burns, thermal burns and chemical burns are secondary sources of burn injuries; electrical burns are usually the result of job-related activities, while thermal burns, which are caused by contact with hot liquid, steam or other substances with a temperature above 115°, occur most often in the home.

If you or someone close to you has suffered a serious burn injury, it is vital to contact a law firm with substantial experience in handling the legal, physical and emotional challenges facing burn victims. An experienced and successful personal injury law firm can help burn victims facing expensive treatments and surgery, obtain the maximum possible recovery in their case. Our attorneys understand the complex legal and medical issues involved in burn injuries and have the skill to effectively present these issues to a jury.

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