Burn of any degree can be extremely painful, and in some cases they will require long periods of recovery and rehabilitation. Victims must undergo extended hospital stays, costly surgeries, and ongoing medical treatment. They may also leave permanent scarring. When a burn injury occurs as the result of another person’s negligent or reckless actions, the victim is entitled to compensation.
Common Causes of Burn Injuries
A burn injury may be caused by heat, electricity, radiation, or chemicals. Most often, burns result from heat exposure (such as fire, steam, tar or scalding liquids). Burn and electrical injuries are commonly caused by workplace accidents, product defects and motor vehicle accidents.
Types of Burn Injuries
Shelton Law Group attorneys represent victims of:
Chemical burn: resulting from contact with abrasive chemicals (such as acids, alkalis, etc.).
Electrical burn: resulting from contact with strong currents.
Radiation burn: caused by exposure to radiation or ultraviolet rays.
Thermal burn: caused by flames, hot metals, steam, or scalding liquids.
Classifications of Burn Injuries
Burn injuries are classified depending on how deep and severely they penetrate the skin.
First Degree: (or superficial burns) affect only the epidermis (the top layer of the skin). The burn injury is red, painful, and dry but has no blistering.
Second Degree: (or partial thickness burns) damage both the epidermis and the dermis. Second-degree burns often do cause blistering and may require skin grafts.
Third Degree: (full thickness burns) destroy the two top layers of the skin and may damage the underlying nerves, bones, and muscles. Third-degree burns commonly require skin grafts and long-term rehabilitative care.
Burn Injury Claims
Burn injury victims who have been injured as a result of the reckless or negligent actions of others have the right to file a personal injury claim and recover damages. Because burn injuries are among the most expensive injuries to treat, settlement and jury verdicts in these cases are often considerable.
If you have suffered a burn injury, you may be entitled to compensation for:
Medical Expenses: hospital, surgical, and ambulance bills.
Rehabilitation: physical therapy and future medical care.
Impairment of Earning Capacity: compensation for future earnings lost due to the injury.
Lost Income: payment for wages lost.
Permanent Disfigurement: scarring, nerve damage, etc.
If your or a loved one has experienced a burn injury, contact the Shelton Law Group at (888) 761-7204 or (502) 409-6460, or visit www.robsheltonlaw.com. We will work with you to ascertain whether you have a viable claim and, if so, to obtain the fair compensation you deserve.