No matter the cause, burn injuries are typically painful and severe, affecting a sufferer both inside and out. Suffering a burn or scald injury can be a painful, traumatic, and otherwise trying experience. Not only do burn injuries cause scarring and disfigurement, but they cause mental anguish and self-esteem issues as well. As a consequence, victims often require extensive medical treatment and psychological help.
When you’ve suffered a burn injury, you might be worried about not being in a financial position to pay for your treatment; plus, being forced out of work to focus on healing can make it difficult to keep up with typical household expenses. Additionally, the negligent or careless party/entity and their attorneys and insurance companies could deny liability, which only rubs salt to the wound.
At Winters & Yonker, we are committed to protecting the rights and interests of burn injury victims and helping them obtain their entitled compensation. With years of experience, our Ruskin burn injury lawyers possess the skills and knowledge of Florida laws and court proceedings and to help you navigate through your claim process from start to finish.
Our dedicated and experienced burn injury lawyers are here to help with your case. Call us at (888) 373-7770 to tell your story in a free, confident, no-pressure call with an experienced Ruskin personal injury attorney.
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Common Causes & Types Of Burn Injuries
Burn and scald injuries can happen in a variety of settings or accidents. Burn injury attorneys at Winters & Yonker have worked with a wide range of burn accident cases. Common causes of severe scald or burn injuries include:
- Household fires
- Car crashes
- Electrical accidents
- Industrial machinery accidents
- Defective products, including vehicle defects
- Construction accidents
All causes of burn injuries are classified into six primary categories or types:
Occur when there’s bodily contact with strong alkali or acids, which erode the skin causing chemical burns.
These are caused by electric current traveling into the body. They cause external and internal damage.
Heat or Thermal Burns
These are the most common types of burn, e.g., a burn caused by a campfire. They occur when the skin is exposed or comes into contact with direct heat, hot liquid, steam, or hot objects.
Are caused by alpha, beta, or gamma radiation.
These happen when a hard or rough object rubs off the skin’s outer layer. A friction burn is both a heat burn and an abrasion/scrape and is common in bike and motorcycle crashes.
Cold Temperature Burns or Frostbite
These burns cause damage to the skin by freezing it. Frostbites occur when an individual is exposed to freezing temperatures outside or when the skin comes into contact with a physical object that is very cold for a prolonged period.
Categories Of Burn Injuries
Medical practitioners classify burns and scald injuries into three categories based on the degree of severity, ranging from more at-home treatment burn injuries to life-threatening burns. Below is a quick rundown of the different categories or degrees of burn injuries:
Superficial – 1st-Degree Burns
These burns are mild, painful, and damage the skin’s epidermis or outer layer only.
- E.g. sunburn
- They are characterized by local redness at the site of injury and pain
- No blisters
- Will heal without treatment
Partial Thickness – 2nd-Degree Burns
These burns are more severe and cause damage that extends to the second layer of the skin. That means they affect the epidermis and the dermis.
- Very painful
- Tense, fluid-filled blistering and swelling
- Bright red, moist surface
Full Thickness – 3rd-Degree Burns
These burns are among the most severe and cause damage that penetrates deep below the skin, affecting first and second skin layers and the underlying tissue as well. Very deep burns may also damage underlying muscles and bones. Nerve endings are also destroyed; as a result, the sufferer may experience no pain at the injury site. These burns are worse, especially if they affect a significant percentage of the sufferer’s body and can lead to further complications and often require skin-graft surgeries and extended hospitalization.
- Involve all layers of the skin
- Often leathery and dry surface
- Tight swelling
- Color varies
- Relatively painless
Major burn injuries are a medical emergency and require immediate treatment. First aid treatment for minor burn injuries is to cool and clean the wound by applying cold running water over the injury for 20 minutes.
What Damages Can You Obtain Through A Burn Injury Claim?
Suppose you or a loved one sustained a burn or scald injury due to another party’s recklessness, negligence, or wrongdoing. In that case, you might obtain some or all of the following damages in Florida, depending on your specific case and attorney’s expertise:
Economic damages cover compensation for monetary loss or financial losses connected to the injury caused by the accident. They include the cost of medical expenses, lost wages, medical devices, rehabilitation, and psychological treatment costs, and transport costs linked to the treatment of injuries.
Non-economic damages cover compensation for the victims’ suffering and losses that cannot be monetized. They may include mental anguish, physical pain and turmoil, loss of companionship, and inability to enjoy life.
Punitive action is taken when a judge/jury establishes that a defendant’s actions were grossly negligent or criminal and resulted in extremely severe damages or loss of life.
How Long Do You Have to File Your Burn Injury Claim In Florida?
Florida’s statute of limitations states that all personal injury cases, including burn injury claims, must be filed within four years of the injury or accident.
Burn injury sufferers and their families miss losing their right to claim their entitled compensation if they fail to file their claim within the set time limits. Don’t delay; your claim depends on it!
How Much Will A Ruskin Burn Injury Lawyer Cost?
At Winters & Yonker, our Ruskin burn injuries attorneys work on a contingency or no-win, no-fee agreement. We understand that the cost of treatment for your burn injuries could be causing you sleepless nights. Don’t fret; we won’t ask for any out-of-pocket or upfront fees. Instead, we will focus on getting you the compensation you’re owed and collect our fees once compensation is received.
We also offer a free, confidential initial consultation to hear your story and review your case.
How Can An Attorney Help My Burn Injury Claim?
In the aftermath of a severe burn injury, you will face many important decisions, including selecting a burn injury lawyer for your case. At times, it’s easy for plaintiffs to be overconfident and assume that having legal representation is unnecessary since they are initiating the lawsuit.
On the contrary, you may be certain that the defendant or insurance company has a very solid legal representation. You should too! Let our experienced Ruskin burn injury lawyers stand up to their legal team on your behalf and fight for your fair compensation so you can focus on getting better. Our team will help with all legal aspects of your burn injury from start to finish, including:
- Case Preparation/Filing Your Lawsuit
- Settlement Negotiation
- Trial Preparation And Representation
Schedule Your Free Consultation
If you suffered a scald or burn injury due to another party’s wrongful actions or negligence, our Ruskin burns injury attorneys can investigate your case and gather vital evidence to build a personalized strategy to recover maximum compensation on your behalf.
Do not let your recovery and legal battles drain you and steal away your peace of mind and future. Our Florida personal injury attorneys are ready and willing to help. Contact us at (888) 373-7770 to begin.