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If you have been the victim of a burn injury, then you know all too well just how big of an impact that they can have on the lives of their victims. While burns can be relatively minor in certain cases, they can also be very painful and traumatizing, affecting almost everything about the daily life of the victim. Our burn injury lawyers are standing by to assist you and your family by guiding you through the legal process and answering any questions that you may have along the way.
CAUSES OF BURN INJURIES
When thinking of severe burn injuries, images of a large house fire or touching a hot stove might come to mind. However, burn injuries can happen in a variety of different ways and result from a variety of different situations. The Mayo Clinic gives a helpful list of burn causes which includes hot liquid or steam, electrical currents, radiation, and chemicals like paint thinner or gasoline. Aside from understanding the unique causes of burns, it can also be helpful to understand the situations in which these burns can occur.
Broken bones or lacerations might be the injures that you think of when you imagine a car accident, but they can actually lead to wider variety of injuries, including burns. High-impact collisions can generate enormous amount of energy, which can cause the gas in the car’s tank to ignite and light the vehicle on fire. Motorcyclists might also suffer a different type of burn if they are thrown from their motorcycle and sustain road rash.
Different types of work involve different levels of risk when it comes to suffering a burn injury from a workplace accident. Some different types of workplace burns that can happen include thermal burns, chemical burns, and electrical burns. Naturally, then, there is a higher risk if your workplace deals with these sorts of situations. Some occupations that might put employees at a higher risk of suffering from a burn include electricians, factory workers, and any job that involves the use of dangerous chemicals.
Negligence is simply the legal term for when a person has a responsibility to act in a certain way and their failure to abide by this obligation results in the injury of another. There are many different ways in which the negligence of a party can lead to a burn injury for a victim. For example, a property owner might fail to warn visitors of a dangerous condition that is present on their property, or the manufacturer of a piece of dangerous equipment might make a mistake in the production or design of their product.
Whatever the cause of your burn injury, seeking the counsel of an experienced nationwide severe burn attorney as soon as possible may be one of the best moves you ever made.
SEVERITY OF BURN INJURIES
When thinking about pursuing a claim for a burn injury, it can be helpful to understand the different categories of burn injuries and their severity. Generally speaking, the worse your burn is, and the more complicated and difficult it is to treat, the more you may stand to receive in the form of compensation. Burns are typically sorted into one of three categories.
First degree burns are relatively minor burns that only the affect the outermost layer of the skin, the epidermis. Because they are the least harmful category of burn, they can be caused by a wide variety of daily activities like cooking or riding a bike. First degree burns may cause a bit of redness or pain and can typically be treated at home without the assistance of a medical professional.
Second-degree burns are more severe than first degree burns, affecting both the outermost layer of the skin and the second layer of the skin, the dermis. Second-degree burns may cause redness, white or splotchy skin, and blisters, and can be associated with fairly severe pain. Deep, second-degree burns can even lead to scarring.
Third-degree burns reach all the way to the layer of fat beneath the skin. Affected areas might be black, brown, or white. Third-degree burns can leave the skin with a leathery appearance, and they can also destroy nerves, causing numbness.
All burn injuries can be difficult to assess because certain symptoms may not appear until a day or two after the incident that actually caused the burn. It is better to be safe than sorry, and it is always wise to seek the advice and treatment of a doctor if you are unsure of what to do.
EFFECTS OF BURN INJURIES
Aside from simply being extremely painful, burn injuries can lead to a host of other complications for a victim. These can include, but are certainly not limited to:
Burned skin has a decreased ability to fight off infection, which is an important part of its role when it is healthy and functioning properly. Because of this, burn victims might suffer from recurring infections in the area of the burn, which in itself can lead to potentially more complications.
Loss of Mobility
Loss of mobility can occur in the case of third-degree burns that can affect the area beneath the skin and damage nerves or muscles. If a burn is severe enough and damages nerves in a given area, it could result in the loss of use of a limb or even the complete loss of mobility.
Mild burns, such as first-degree burns, will typically heal fully with relatively limited medical attention. However, serious third-degree burns are often beyond the body’s ability to fully recover from and can lead to disfigurement. This might require multiple surgeries in the form of skin grafts or plastic surgery to treat fully.
WHAT IS MY BURN INJURY WORTH?
With severe burn injuries, the medical costs alone can be astronomical in and of themselves. This is not even to mention the additional expenses that can include damage to personal property and lost wages from being unable to work for an extended period of time. With all of the ways that burn injuries can quickly become very expensive, victims may soon begin to wonder, “What is my case worth?” While the only way to get an exact answer will likely be to discuss the details of your case with a burn injury lawyer, potential compensation will generally fall into one of two categories.
Economic damages are based on the injuries that a victim sustains that result in tangible, objectively verifiable loss. They include things like medical bills, lost wages, and damage to your things. Economic damages can typically be proven with a fairly high degree of certainty.
Non-economic damages include the pain and suffering that a burn injury victim experiences as a result of their injuries. They are less tangible or objective than economic damages, but as a general rule, they may be higher the worse a victim suffers from their injury.
Punitive damages differ from the first two types of damages in one major way—as opposed to focusing on making the injury victim whole again, they focus on punishing the wrongdoer in a way that might stand as a warning to others not to act in the same way in the future. Punitive damages may not be available in the majority of cases but are reserved for cases where the wrongdoer acted in an intentional or particularly reckless way.
LEGAL TIME LIMITS
Every sort of personal injury case has an associated statute of limitations, which is the legal term for how long you have to file a claim based on a given incident. For example, if the statute of limitations for burn injuries in your state is two years, then you have two years from the date of the incident that caused the burn to file a claim. A claim that is brought outside of this timeframe will probably be dismissed for a lack of timeliness. In most states, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases will be somewhere around 2-3 years, but speaking with a severe burn injury attorney in your attorney can give you a more exact answer.
There may be certain exceptions to the statute of limitations that apply in your case. For example, if the burn injury victim is a minor, then the statute might be put on pause until they reach the age of majority. In addition, if the extent of the injury is not fully realized until a later date, then it is possible that the statute of limitations could be extended. Generally speaking, however, with the different lengths of the statutes between states and the importance of being on time, speaking with a burn injury lawyer as quickly as you can will likely be your best course of action.
CONTACT ZINDA LAW GROUP TODAY
Aside from the physical pain they bring, burn injuries can leave their victims with other significant burdens, including being unable to work or pay for medical bills. An attorney from Zinda Law Group who has experience with personal injury cases may be able to help. We have the knowledge and resources necessary to assist you with your burn injury case, and we won’t charge you a penny until we win your case for you.
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