In the U.S there are reports that indicate that over 424,000 visits to emergency rooms are individuals that have suffered from a burn injury. Many of these burn injuries are critical or severe leading to having to admit these victims to specialized centers that deal with burn recovery. Many of the burns are linked to accidents in the workplace. An experienced Bradenton burn injury lawyer can help you to file your lawsuit so that you can obtain the compensation that you deserve.
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The Common Causes of Burn Injuries
Burns are the damage that occurs to the tissues or skin of the body caused by exposure to heat, the sun, or other forms of radiation. The main causes typically include:
- Hot liquids
- Hot glass or metal
- Radiation (for instance X-rays)
- Exposure to the sun along with other UV radiation sources
- Car accidents
- Chemicals such as phosphorus and acids
The various causes of burns will determine how severe the damage is and the implications to the victim’s health.
Burn Injury Types
The different burn injury types are categorized according to the severity of damage along with how deep the burn has penetrated the skin. These include:
This is a type of burn that is classified as minor. Only the top layer of the skin (the epidermis) will be affected. It results in pain and some redness, which typically subsides within 4 to 7 days. The infection risk is low due to the absence of internal injuries. The most common first-degree burns usually include hot liquids and sunburn. This type of burn does not require special treatment.
This is a burn that will affect both the first and the second layer of your skin, known as the epidermis and the dermis. These burns result in swelling, redness, and white skin. Blisters usually develop, while the pain is usually unbearable. Second-degree burns that are deep enough can result in scars. These burns typically heal over a period of 2 to 6 weeks, which will depend on how severe they were. These burns usually require a special dressing to stop infections, which can limit the motion of the body if the burns are on or close to the joints. The common causes of these burns include flames and hot liquid that has splashed onto the skin.
These are the burns that penetrate as far down as the fat layers under the skin. The areas that are burned turn white, brown, or black, and the skin looks leathery. In certain cases, the burns will destroy nerves and the victim will not feel any pain. Many third-degree burns will require skin-grafting as this is the type of burn that will not heal on its own. Patients may need to stay in a treatment facility for weeks or months in order to recover. The common causes of these burns include immersion into a scalding liquid or an electrical injury.
The damage from fourth-degree burns is highly extensive. These are classified as a full-thickness burn that penetrates deeply into the tissues and can in some cases involve the bones and muscles. These burns require specialized debridement and grafting. Victims may end up spending years in a treatment facility and some never return to a normal way of life.
What to Do Directly After a Burn Injury Accident?
The steps you should be taking after you have sustained a burn injury in an accident are very important. Here is a list of what you should be doing:
Get Immediate Medical Attention
Your health needs to be your main priority when you sustain a burn injury. Certain burns will require immediate medical attention to lower the risks of infections that could make your wound much worse. Conduct first aid and get to a doctor or medical specialist to have your burns checked out.
Report Your Accident
If the burn incident occurred while you were at work, first report the accident to a manager or your employer. Make sure the communication is official such as in writing or email since you may need this as evidence if you take things further.
Avoid Accepting Blame
Many employers prefer not to compensate individuals that have suffered a burn injury since these events will increase their insurance premiums or claims. Never accept that you are to blame, since the company may use this as a tactic or leverage to lower the compensation amount that they award you with.
Talk to Any Witnesses
If there was anyone around when the accident occurred, take down their details. Statements from witnesses are important when it comes to filing a claim.
Document Your Accident
Make sure you take videos and pictures at the scene of the accident. This is useful evidence when your attorney works on justifying the compensation amount that they can claim from an entity regarded as negligent.
Contact a Lawyer
As soon as you have collected all the relevant information linked to your burn injury accident, call a Bradenton Burn Injury Attorney to help you file a claim. They will turn all the information you have provided into evidence and help you to file your claim against a negligent party.
How Can an Attorney Assist With My Burn Claim?
Lawyers in Florida understand all the laws in this state when it comes to burn claims. They also know how to file strong claims so that you are compensated fairly. They work on investigating the case, gathering evidence, and negotiating with the negligent party if they are willing to settle your case without having to go to court. Overall, you have a much better chance of success when you use a lawyer to file your claim as opposed to trying to handle the claim without any legal assistance.
Should I Hire an Attorney for My Burn Injury?
Using a lawyer can assist you to get the compensation that you rightly deserve without you having to deal with the struggles of dealing with insurance companies or any other party. They work on your behalf so that you can concentrate on recovering or your daily activities. Your lawyer will not charge any money upfront as they obtain their fee from the amount that is awarded to you. For this reason, your lawyer will fight hard to ensure you are awarded fairly.
What Type of Compensation Can I Expect After a Burn Injury?
The compensation that you are awarded will depend on several factors. The amount is worked out according to the injury type and how the accident affected you. Lawyers have experience when it comes to the amounts that are attached to various injury degrees, which assists them to work out a fair amount after they have consulted with all the parties involved.
As with other personal injury cases, compensation consists of three types of damages:
This amount is dedicated to covering expenses such as medical bills, loss of income, pain, and suffering, or any rehabilitation costs into the future.
Injuries impact more than just your wallet, and non-economic damages are intended to compensate for this. Examples include reduced quality of life and pain and suffering.
In certain cases, you may be awarded punitive damages if a court finds that the guilty party was grossly negligent.
Arrange a Free Consultation With a Bradenton Burn Injury Lawyer
If you were in an accident that resulted in burn injuries, call our experienced firm today, and our lawyers will start working on your case immediately. As soon as you have consulted with one of our burn injury attorneys and you agree to our services, you will need to provide us with evidence so that we can get to work on processing your claim. We have handled many burn injury cases over the years and we are proud of our record of obtaining favorable compensation for many of our clients. You pay nothing unless we win your case.