Suffering from burn injuries can be one of the most catastrophic and life-changing events that someone can go through and will alter the rest of the victim’s life no matter how minor or severe the burns are. In addition to the physical wounds that burns cause, the psychological damage from the accident that caused the burns can be equally, if not more, impactful to the victim’s ability to live their life fully and happily. If the burns are caused by events outside of the victim’s control, such as a burn from a defective product, or burns sustained during a car accident that someone else is responsible for, the victim may be eligible to seek financial compensation from the responsible party or their insurance company.
1800-Injured is a service that connects personal injury victims with our extensive network of personal injury attorneys across the United States who are ready and willing to help today. No matter your injuries, your location, and your situation, 1800-Injured will be able to pair you with an attorney who is experienced in your situation and will be able to help. You do not have to suffer without compensation for these injuries, and the initial offer that you will get from the insurance company or the responsible party’s legal team will absolutely not be satisfactory or a reasonable amount.
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Before you begin seeking repayment for your injuries on your own, make sure that you speak with an attorney to understand your rights and options. Read more below about some basic information about burn injuries and how they may be handled through a personal injury lawsuit, and contact 1800-Injured now to begin working with an attorney who will represent you through this difficult time.
About Burn Injuries
There are a variety of types of burns, which are then each designated based on their degree of severity. Read more below about common types of burns, as well as the different degrees that they are rated as:
Types of Burn Injuries
Keep in mind that there are many different ways that someone can be burned — this list is by no means comprehensive. If you do not see a burn that resembles yours below, this does not mean that you will not find the help you need from the attorney network at 1800-Injured.
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A thermal burn comes from contact with or proximity to extreme heat sources. This could be from scalding liquids, open flames, steam, or another direct heat source that causes burn injuries. Thermal injuries may be sustained in combination with other types of burns depending on the circumstances of the injuries.
Chemical burns are, as the name suggests, burns that are sustained from coming into contact with a corrosive substance such as a strong acid, or strong base. There are many different types of chemicals that are harmful to skin contact. There are a variety of ways that someone can come into contact with chemicals like these, and if the burns come from someone like a defective product, improper storage, or other circumstances where another party is at fault, there may be an opportunity to collect personal injury damages as compensation.
Radiation burns are sustained from a variety of different sources, such as UV light from the sun, radio wave radiation, microwaves, or high exposure to radiation from x-ray machines. Sunburns are the most common radiation burns, but there are many different situations that someone can suffer from a radiation burn from, such as a commercial machine or medical device.
Degrees of Burns
The most common burns range from first to third degree, but there are lesser-known burns that go from the fourth to the sixth degree as well.
First-degree burns are the most treatable of all and are just superficial burns to the outermost layer of skin. First-degree burns are often accompanied by redness, itchiness, and some dryness. These types of burns are best treated with ointment or aloe vera and will clear themselves up within a week. There is rarely any permanent disfiguration that accompanies a first-degree burn, and any permanent scarring is likely the result of something other than the actual burn.
Second-degree burns are burns that go deeper than the outermost layer of skin, and cause blistering, cracking, or peeling. They are known as “partial thickness burns,” and can be treated with antibiotics, cleaning, and ointment. Second-degree burns are much more likely to leave scars than a first-degree burn and should be treated with additional care to avoid infection or other issues.
Third-degree burns are very serious and can be life-threatening. They go beyond the dermis and impact deeper tissues such as fat and muscle. They can impact organs, cause permanent nerve damage, and almost always leave serious scars. In many cases, third-degree burns must be treated with skin grafting or artificial skin. Third-degree burns can be fatal, and require immediate medical attention.
Seeking Compensation For Burns
No two injuries are the same, and each victim’s burns will impact their lives differently, depending on a variety of factors that go far beyond the severity of the burns. When you are working with a personal injury lawyer to seek compensation from the responsible party for your injuries, they will build your case to include the full spectrum of your injuries to include your financial losses due to inability to earn, your medical bills, disability payments, as well as the non-economic impacts that your injuries have on your life.
A personal injury lawsuit goes beyond financial damages so that victims are compensated for the mental and physiological suffering that they endure as consequences of their injuries. Often, responsible parties will try to pay for the financial issues, but avoid the topic of the non-economic damages entirely. This is why it is extremely important to discuss your options with a personal injury attorney before making any decisions about a settlement.
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1800-Injured is an attorney and medical referral service. 1800-Injured will work with you to connect you to the attorney who is best suited for your situation, and who will fight on your behalf to ensure that you are fairly compensated for your injuries and your suffering. Our network is comprised of top-rated attorneys across the country, and by connecting with a legal professional through our service you will be able to avoid the worry of finding an attorney on your own. Instead of concerning yourself with vetting the best lawyer for your case, focus on recovery while we take care of finding the right lawyer for the job.
Contact us immediately for a case evaluation, and we will begin working to find the right attorney for you as soon as we have the relevant information about your personal injuries.