A Tampa burn injury lawyer can file a lawsuit to get you the compensation you deserve. Burns are very common and can have a catastrophic effect on the victims and their quality of life. They can be extremely painful and in some cases, can result in long-term disability. If you live in Florida and have sustained burn injuries, you need to speak to a Tampa personal injury lawyer as soon as you can.
Burns account for nearly 424,000 visits every year to the emergency departments in the United States alone. In fact, 30,000 of these injuries are so serious that they need admission to specialized burn centers. Data from the Centers for Disease Control reveal that at least 25% of all serious burns are related to the workplace.
Call Winters & Yonker today to speak with a qualified attorney if you’ve been injured to schedule a free consultation and discuss your compensation options.
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What Are Risk Factors For Burns Injuries?
While a burn injury can occur to anyone, some people are more susceptible than others. The highest incidence of burns is seen in young children and people between the ages of 20-40 years. Children tend to get into situations that are risky and can often come in contact with boiling water sustaining severe injuries, for example.
Keep in mind that the type and severity of burn injuries also vary with age. For example children younger than four primarily are injured from liquid scalds or contact with a hot surface. Adults, on the other hand, can suffer serious injuries at the workplace from hot liquids, chemical exposure, electricity, flames, and hot surfaces. Flame burns are the most serious, followed by liquid scalds.
When there is a fire, victims may suffer moderate burns but die because of inhalation of carbon monoxide and smoke. Injuries can range from mild to severe but the important thing is to get medical attention and treatment for them immediately. If you are sure that the injuries were caused by another person, you have the right to take legal action against them. Speak to a lawyer if you believe you are entitled compensation.
There are instances when a burn can occur because of a defective product or because of the presence of some toxic material. In such a situation, the product manufacturer and/or distributor can be held liable for the victim’s injuries. Talk to a product liability attorney for more information about this.
How Are Burns Quantified?
Compensation after a burn is dependent on many factors such as the size, any associated medical illness, and if there is any associated inhalation injury. If you have sustained injuries, your lawyer will help you collect compensation.
The different types of burns include:
When a person sustains first degree burns, the damage to the skin is superficial. The hallmark of a first-degree burn is tenderness, redness, and pain. Most people heal within 3-7 days, and there is no scarring. Because the skin remains intact, there are no internal changes in the body and the risk of infection is very low. Common causes of first degree burns include sunburn and hot liquids like coffee. These injuries usually require no dressings or any special treatment.
If you are thinking of filing a compensation claim for first-degree burns, discuss it with your product liability attorney before you proceed. In most cases, first degree burns are too mild, and there isn’t any significant medical treatment required nor any major financial loss that would justify filing a claim.
Second-degree burn injuries can be superficial or deep and involve the skin appendages. Blister formation is very common with a second-degree burn, and they are also very painful. Second-degree burns usually appear moist, pink and soft and are even tender to touch. Some superficial second-degree burns heal within 3-4 weeks, usually without any scarring.
Deeper second-degree burns may have blisters and can also be quite painful. They may take 4-6 weeks to heal, and scar formation is common. These injuries usually require special dressings to prevent infection. If the burn occurs across a joint, contractors can occur resulting in a limited range of motion.
The splashing of hot liquids and flames are common causes of second-degree burns. They can often require admission to a hospital for fluid resuscitation and pain control. If you have sustained second-degree burns that required significant medical treatment, you can seek compensation for those medical bills by filing a compensation claim.
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Third-degree burns are full-thickness burns of the skin. When they occur, the victim’s skin appears white or feels like leather. There is typically no pain associated with them as the nerves have been destroyed. A large majority of third-degree burns cannot heal on their own and skin grafting is usually required.
Classic causes of third-degree burns include flame injury, electrical or thermal injury and immersion in scalding liquids. Most patients remain in a hospital for months and then require extensive rehabilitation to regain the function of their muscles.
Third-degree burns can thus be very serious. Victims often have a long-term impact on their lives and may sustain injuries that last them a lifetime. Their ability to work may be affected thus affecting their ability to earn wages or the same amount of wages that they used to earn before they sustained these injuries.
If you have suffered fourth-degree burns, the damage is extensive. A lawyer can help recuperate lost waged, medical bills, and living expenses. Fourth-degree burns are full-thickness burns that penetrate the deep layers of the skin. They can involve bone, muscle, and fascia. These injuries require extensive debridement and grafting.
Disability is often permanent, and many patients remain in the hospital for several years. Victims of fourth-degree burns can rarely resume the lives they had before they sustained the injuries. Many lose their jobs; some lose their spouses. Families can be affected and even grow apart. If these injuries were caused by the negligence of a third party, victims of fourth-degree burn injuries have the right to seek justice.
What Are Common Causes Of Burn Injuries?
Some of the most common causes of burn injuries include:
- Contact with hot liquids or metal
- Electrical injury
- Exposure to hot steam
- Inhalation of hot gases
- Contact with chemicals like phosphorus
- Motor vehicle accidents
Different types of burn injuries result in different types of health consequences and long-term impact. Talk to an attorney to find out if you can get compensation for your injuries.
Are There Long-Term Effects Of Burn Injuries?
Any burn injuries beyond first-degree can have life-long effects on the victims. Survivors of burns can face the following in the long-run:
- Extreme pain and suffering
- Inability to move the joints
- Severe disfigurement
- Repeat surgeries that may include reconstruction or regrafting of the burned areas of the skin
- Extensive rehabilitation
- Damaged lungs if there was inhalation injury
- Life-long scars
- Post-traumatic stress syndrome
- Inability to sense pain
- Inability to regulate body temperature
- Amputation of digits or the entire extremity
If you live in Tampa, Florida and are suffering from any of these consequences of burn injuries, talk to a product liability attorney to find out your legal rights and how you can ensure that the person who caused your injuries is held accountable for their actions.
How Much Compensation Can I Get After A Burn Injury?
Compensation after a burn injury depends on the type of injury, the extent of burn and the degree of disability. You need to discuss the specifics of your particular injuries with a lawyer to determine how much compensation you can claim. However, in general, you are entitled to the following:
- Payment of all your medical and surgical bills
- Payment for all your prescription medications
- Loss of income
- Pain and suffering
- Payment for future rehabilitation costs
However, the exact compensation that you can claim and is likely to be approved will be completely based on a complete evaluation of your injuries and a review of your medical report.
What If I Was Responsible For My Burn Injury At Work?
In Tampa, Florida burn injury cases are dealt with in a very simple manner. Whoever is at fault will be held accountable for their actions. It’s as simple as that. For example, if you were careless and were smoking in the presence of volatile gas and suffered burn injuries, you are responsible for them.
However, if you were not at fault or if your fault was minor and if you sustained those injuries in the workplace, your employer may be held responsible. If the employer was aware of a potential hazard but failed to make their employees aware of those hazards, you may have a strong claim.
In cases where multiple parties may be at fault, the system of comparative negligence will be used to determine compensation. While the victims may receive financial support but their claim may be reduced by the percentage of fault that was attributed to their actions. Talk to a product liability attorney in this regard.
Another situation that could occur is when a worker is working with a product at the workplace. The employer has already trained the worker in its use and has also made the worker aware of the potential danger and how to protect oneself from it. However, if the worker is careless and still suffers injuries, the employer may have no liability.
Contact a Tampa Burn Injury Lawyer Today
If you or someone in your family has sustained a burn injury, please call our exceptional injury law firm at Winters and Yonker. Our first consultation with a product liability attorney is completely free, and you can ask any question you want until you’re satisfied that we are the right people to help you. Our Tampa burn injury lawyer will inform you of your rights and whether you have a legitimate case.
If you do, our aggressive attorneys can help you win maximum damages. Time is of the essence when dealing with a burn injury as there is a statute of limitations on filing a case. Your product liability attorney has to collect a significant amount of data regarding the burn as well as hospital records. They may also speak to specialists and determine how much more medical or surgical treatment you will require in the future.