Thousands of people suffer burn injuries every year in the United States. Beyond the physical and psychological pain, burn victims are oftentimes met with financial burdens caused by massive medical bills and the inability to return to work.
Burns can be caused by toxic chemicals, electrical shock, explosions, fire, hot surfaces and liquid, or radiation. When your burn is caused by negligence on the part of an individual, business, or corporation, who can be held accountable for your injuries?
Who is Liable for Your Burns?
When you suffer a burn injury, who you can sue depends upon the mechanism that caused the burn. The causes of burns are numerous — here are a few examples:
Workplace accidents, including oil refinery explosions, oilfield incidents, and construction-related accidents
The at-fault driver in a car crash that led to your burn injury could be held responsible. The manufacturer of a defective machine or tool could be liable for your burn injuries. A property owner could be held liable if the premises they own or oversee are not reasonably safe. Your employer or a third-party on a work site could be responsible for a severe burn injury that occurred on the job if proper safety procedures were ignored.
An experienced injury attorney will investigate your accident, determine who is at fault and responsible for your burns, and help you recover damages such as past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages.
Burn Injury Levels of Severity
Burns are classified into three levels of severity:
First-degree — These burns affect the outer layer of the skin and generally heal within a week. Symptoms include minor pain and swelling and are typically treated with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs, aloe vera, and antibiotic ointment. Sunburn is an example of a first-degree burn.
Second-degree — These burns cause damage beyond the top layer of the skin and may take several weeks to heal. Symptoms include extreme redness, pain, and fluid-filled blisters. In severe cases, skin grafting may be required over the area of the burn. Scars may also develop in these cases.
Third-degree — These burns penetrate every layer of skin and into the underlying tissue. Third-degree burns can be extremely painful or may cause little pain due to extensive nerve damage. Symptoms include black or white color, leathery texture, blistering, and scarring. Treatment from a medical professional is required in order for the burn to heal and prevent complications, such as infections, tetanus, hypothermia, and in severe cases death. People with third-degree burns oftentimes require several surgeries, years of therapy and rehabilitation, and psychological and mental care due to disfigurement and scarring.
“Burn victims are some of the most catastrophically injured people and deserve to be compensated.”
Thomas J. Henry handles burn cases because it is important that victims of these devastating injuries are rightfully compensated for their pain, disfigurement, and years of future surgeries and rehabilitation. For burn injury cases, we employ experts that can properly describe to a jury the kind of extensive care that will be required over a burn victim’s lifetime.
Contact an Experienced Burn Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one suffered a burn injury at work, in an automobile accident, due to a defective product, or in any other fashion, contact Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys immediately. When a severe injury such as a burn is caused by an individual or company’s negligence, you deserve to be compensated. Our burn lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends to evaluate your claim and provide you with a free case review.