Burn Injury Accident Attorneys
Burn injuries can occur whenever your skin is exposed to extreme heat, chemicals, sunlight, electricity and/or radiation.
Some of the most common causes of burn injuries are fires, scalds from hot liquids and exposure to flammable liquids and gases.
If you have sustained a burn injury, you may need to undergo skin grafts and other cosmetic surgery procedures, which may be extremely costly and not often covered by health insurance.
Burn injuries also cause significant emotional and financial strain on victims and their families. If you or a loved one has been affected by a burn injury due to the negligence of another party, you maybe entitled to compensation.
If this is the case, we urge you to call 800-561-4887 to speak to one of our highly trained catastrophic injury lawyers about your legal rights and if you qualify for compensation. Regardless of your situation, we also urge you to keep reading so you may be prepared in the case that you or your loved ones get seriously injured from a burn accident.
Burn Injury Statistics
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is a fire-related death every 169 minutes and a burn injury every 30 minutes in the United States.
Approximately 85 percent of all fire deaths in 2009 occurred in homes. Not counting firefighters, 2,640 people were killed and 13,350 were injured in home fires in the United States in the year 2010. Most victims of home fires are not killed from burns but from smoke inhalation and from breathing in toxic gases.
Over a third of all home fire deaths occur in homes without smoke alarms. Alcohol is also a contributing factor in an estimated 40 percent of residential fire deaths.
Home fires are not the only cause of burn injuries. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, approximately 1 in 7 fires responded to by fire departments involve highway vehicles. Between the years 2008 and 2010, there were about 194,000 highway vehicle fires each year resulting in 300 deaths and 1,250 injuries annually.
One of our savvy burn injury lawyers can fill you in on more statistics concering burn injuries as well as more information on your legal rights concering these types of accidents.
Causes of Burn Injuries
Cooking is normally the cause of residential fires, however, smoking is the number one cause of fire-related deaths.
Fire-related deaths are on the rise during the winter months because there is an increase of the use of heating devices and chimneys.
Burn injuries can also come from car fires after an accident. When a person sustains a burn injury in a car fire, it must be know if the fire was catalyzed by a vehicle defect.
When burn injuries are sustained in the workplace, an investigation will be needed to review the safety policy of the employer and the negligence of the property owner.
Whereever your burn injury originated, our professional burn injury lawyers can help you identify the at-fault party of the accident and can help you take legal action accordingly.
The Three Types of Burn Degrees
Some burn injuries can heal with limited medical treatment while more severe burns require more complex procedures such as skin grafts.
Depending on the severity of the injury, the burn will be classified by the following:
- First-degree burns: This is when only the outer layer of the skin (Epidermis) is damaged.
- Second-degree burns: In a second-degree burn, the outer layer of the skin is damaged as well as the layer of skin directly underneath it (dermis).
- Third-degree burns: This is when the deepest layer of skin is damaged or destroyed. In third-degree burns, there is likely damage to the surrounding tissues as well.
Burn Injury Symptoms
Burn injuries can result in blistering, swelling, scarring, shock and even death.
The skin is a protective organ on your body, so when the skin suffers damage, the body is vulnerable to infections and additional injuries.
Those who have suffered a first-degree burn will likely be able to promote the healing process with antibiotic creams.
Victims of third-degree burns, however, will need professional care to encourage new skin to grow.
If you do plant to take legal action for your burn injury, take pohysical notes of your symptoms as well as keep a record of all the receipts and invoices pertaining to your recovery so your burn injury lawyer can use these pieces of evidence to get you the compensation you deserve.
Skin Grafts and Burn Injuries
Skin grafting involves the transplantation of skin from a healthy part of the body to an area of the body where the skin has been permanently damaged. This type of surgical procedure is typically reserved for victims who have suffered a serious injury.
A successful skin graft will reduce the amount of treatment needed and improve the appearance of the area that receives the graft.
Some victims of burn injuries require grafts where only a thin layer is removed from the donor section, while others require a full thickness skin graft.
Full thickness grafts are typically more painful and there is a greater chance that the body will not accept the skin.
If your burn injury is serious enough that you will need skin grafts, it is safe to say you will have to pay some hefty medical bills in the near future, however, if you were the innocent of some victim of someone else's neglience, isn't it just that you should be compensated for your injuries?
The knowelegable burn injury attorneys at Bisnar Chase think so, and if you chose us, we will deliver you that settlement or you won't have to pay us a dime. This is our promise to our clients.
Burn Injury Prognosis
A few decades ago, victims of serious burns over large portions of their body had very slim chances of surviving.
Medical technology has since improved to the point where victims who have suffered burn injuries over 90 percent of their body can now survive.
They will, however, have permanent impairments and scars. Even immediate treatment at a burn center will not result in a complete recovery if the damage is extensive and deep. These are no doubt catastrophic injuries.
How to Take Legal Action After a Burn Accident
The expenses related to the treatment of burn injuries can add up quickly.
Many victims require multiple procedures and lengthy hospital stays. Victims and their families would be well advised to seek legal counsel and obtain access to the resources they need during these challenging times. This is where Bisnar Chase comes in.
At Bisnar Chase, it is our mission to help you, in your time of need, obtain information about your rights as well as to pursue legal action against the at-fault party.
Our trained burn injury attorneys are skilled and knowledgeable about the law. In addition, we all operate on a contingency basis. This means that in the rare case that we lose or do not deliver you the settlement that you deserve, you will not have to pay us a dime.
With so little to lose and so much to gain, why wait any longer to give us a call? If that was not enough to convenience you to call us, let us also remind you that there is a stature of limitation concerning many cases of catastrophic injury, so if you plan to take action, you need to acct now.
Call us now at 800-561-4887 to schedule your free consultation.