While some minor burns such as a burn from touching a hot object may only cause temporary (albeit painful) damage, in contrast, a severe scald or burn can have devastating consequences – bringing unrelenting pain, permanent disfigurement, scarring and disability, inability to enjoy life or work, and even the need for long-term care.
Burns and scalds are some of the most damaging types of injuries, and in addition to the physical damage, they can cause significant mental anguish. If another person/entity’s mistake or carelessness led to your burn injury, you might be eligible for financial compensation.
The experienced Oldsmar burns injury lawyers at Winters and Yonker understand the difficulties that may crop up after an individual sustains a burn injury and can help with your case. We offer a free no-obligation consultation. Call us at (888) 373-7770 to get started. Our personal injury lawyers are ready to fight for you! Get your free case review today.
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Common Causes Of Burn Injuries
While fires, flames, and hot objects are the most common causes of burns and scalds, the causes of burn injuries extend beyond coming into contact with a hot object. Our burn injury lawyers have handled all types of burn injury lawsuits, including those caused by:
- Auto accidents
- Structural fires
- Electrical fires
- Hot liquids or steam
- Construction accidents
- Defective fire alarms
- Chemical spills
- Thermal burns
- Acts of arson
- And many others
Types of Burns
Generally, burns and scalds can be categorized into six types of burns, including:
- Friction Burns: These occur when a hard object rubs off some of the skin. Friction burns are common in bike and motorcycle accident cases. A carpet burn is also an example of a friction burn.
- Thermal Burns: These types of burns occur when the skin comes into contact with hot liquid, flam, hot gas (steam), or if the skin is damaged during an explosion.
- Chemical Burns: These occur when strong acidic or alkaline solvents touch the skin causing it to burn.
- Radiation Burns: A sunburn is an excellent example. Other sources of radiation burns include radiation therapy used to treat cancer and X-rays.
- Cold Burns: These damage the skin by freezing it – also referred to as “frostbite.” They happen when the skin comes into contact with a freezing object or surface for a prolonged period.
- Electrical Burns: These are caused by electricity when the skin comes into contact with an electrical current.
Categories of Burns
Burns and scalds can be extremely painful, causing stinging, blistering both the skin’s superficial and inner layers and swelling. Understanding the different degrees of burns and their characteristics can help you know what steps to take after an injury. Medical practitioners categorize burns into four degrees:
These types of burns only damage the outer or first layer of the skin (epidermis). An example of a 1st-degree burn is a sunburn. A first-degree burn is red, pink, dry, and painful. Treatment involves cleaning and treating the wound with basic first aid. Some peeling will occur, but there is no scarring.
This type of burn damages a deeper layer of the skin – the dermis. That means there’s damage to both the outer and second layer of the skin and are extremely painful. They cause swelling and blisters that may be intact or broken. 2nd-degree burns may occur due to scalding and are further divided into two categories: superficial 2nd-degree burns and deep 2nd degree burns.
Treatment for superficial 2nd-degree burns involves topical medication and cleaning and dressing the wound every day. In addition to proper wound care and use of topical medications, deep 2nd degree burns may require skin grafting to treat.
In a 3rd Degree burn – the most severe burn injury – all layers of the skin, including the inner layers, are destroyed. Symptoms include blisters of different colors (usually white, pale pink, and red). Typically, a victim of a third-degree burn may not experience any pain due to damaged nerves. 3rd degree burns usually require surgery for skin grafting and extensive treatment.
Fourth-degree burns penetrate the deepest and hence the most severe of burns. They are potentially fatal and destroy all layers of the skin and muscles, tendons, nerves, and even bones.
Burns, if not treated correctly, can lead to many complications, including bone problems and infection. For this reason, always follow up with your physician.
Damages You Can Recover Through A Burn Injury Claim
There is a wide range of recoverable damages for personal injury cases in Florida. While your compensation will depend on factors such as the degree of burn you suffered, Florida law allows bodily injury victims to get compensated for the following damages:
Compensation for financial losses and damages such as medical expenses, lost earning capacity and lost income/wages.
Compensation for pain and suffering and other losses that don’t have a monetary value attached to them, such as loss of enjoyment of life, mental anguish, disfigurement, and disability.
In burn injury cases involving malicious or incredibly careless conduct, a claimant may recover punitive damages.
How Long Do You Have To File A Burn Injury Claim In Florida?
According to Florida’s statutes of limitations for bodily injury cases, you have four years from the date of your burn injury to file your claim. The time limits apply to wrongful deal cases involving burn injuries.
Because of this, it’s crucial not to delay your claim. Get our dedicated Oldsmar, FL burn injury attorneys to help you quickly lodge your claim.
How Much Will A Burn Injury Attorney Cost?
At Winters and Yonker, we understand that it can be overwhelming, both mentally and financially, to deal with a lawsuit while worrying about recovery and attorney fees. Our experienced and skilled legal team can take the burden off you without asking for any out-of-pocket expenses.
We work on all injury cases, including burn injury lawsuits, on a contingency basis, which in other words means that there are no upfront fees or any fees at all unless we secure a settlement for you.
How Can An Attorney Help My Burn Injury Claim?
At Winters and Yonker, we have extensive experience recovering large compensation settlements for burn injury victims throughout Florida, including Oldsmar. Our top priority is making sure you get the medical treatment you deserve to get your life on track while at the same time fighting for the maximum compensation for your injuries.
Case Preparation/Filing A Lawsuit
We can simultaneously investigate your case, working with forensic and medical experts to develop and lodge your claim against the negligent party.
We will work hard to show the extent of your burn injuries and the impactions of the injury on your life to bring home the level of pain and financial losses you were forced to endure. That way, we can negotiate for maximum compensation for your burn injuries.
Trial Preparation And Representation
Our attorneys know the Florida courts and injury claim systems, and if negotiations don’t pan out, we will aggressively fight for a fair settlement in court.
Schedule a Free Consultation With an Oldsmar Burn Injury Lawyer
From workplace fires and explosions to burns caused by chemicals or contaminated fuel to electrical fires that spread and cause extensive damage and injury due to lack of functioning smoke detectors, our Oldsmar burn injury lawyers can help. We understand the physical, emotional, and financial strain you are dealing with and will gladly fight for you. Call our personal injury firm at (888) 373-7770 to schedule a free case review.