Suffering a burn injury in personal injury cases can be painful and our personal injury lawyer understands. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), more than 1 million burn injuries that require medical attention occur every year. A large number of burn victims have suffered injuries due to no fault of their own. Needless to say, a burn injury can have devastating effects. Depending on the severity, they can cause expensive medical bills, loss of income, missed work, and an overall decrease in your quality of life. In many instances, those that have sustained a burn injury will have to address the burn as well as other related issues. If you or a loved one has suffered a burn injury due to the negligence or fault of another person or party, it is imperative that you consult with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible to get the compensation that you deserve. If you need legal advice call the law firm of Jerome O. Fjeld, PLLC a call to schedule your free initial consultation today.
Types of Accidents That Can Cause a Burn Injury
A burn injury can happen anywhere. Whether that’s at home, while at work, driving your car, or when you are a guest on another property. When you have been injured because of the negligence of another party, it is important to identify how the burn occurred and who was at fault and whether they are chemical burns or thermal burns. Listed below are the types of accidents that most commonly cause burn injuries.
- Auto Accidents: Many accidents result in fires and explosions that lead to catastrophic burn injuries. Furthermore, motorists that are thrown from their vehicle (including motorcycles) are subject to friction burns from contact with the pavement.
- Construction Site Accidents: Construction sites are notoriously dangerous. There are many hot materials, tools, liquids, and chemicals that can cause a burn injury.
- Workplace Accidents: Construction sites are not the only dangerous places. Many workers in other industries (retail, food, labs, etc.) are susceptible to dangerous conditions that can lead to burn injuries.
- Premise Liability Accidents: Some victims suffer burns due to the lack of appropriate equipment, construction, warning signs, or wiring on a property.
- Defective Products: There are many defective products on the market that can explode, overheat, or have defective wiring that can lead to victims being burned.
Common Types of Burn Injuries Suffered by Personal injury Victims
There are varying levels of burn injuries. They can range from mild to severe. The level of your burn injury will play a major factor in how much medical treatment you will require as well as how much work you will miss. In general, the four levels of a burn injury are:
- First-Degree Burns: A first degree burn only affects the outer layer of the skin. It does not usually require major medical attention.
- Second-Degree Burns: A second degree burn reaches the second layer of skin and can lead to damage to your nerves (typically not major). This may require an extensive recovery period.
- Third-Degree Burns: a Third degree burn fully penetrates your skin and can potentially reach muscles and cause severe nerve damage. Will typically require major surgery and extended recovery period. It is a very severe burn.
- Fourth-Degree Burns: Fourth degree burns will likely reach your muscles, bones, tendons, etc. In some instances, can be fatal. Victims will likely need major surgery in addition to an extensive recovery period. It is the most severe burn injuries you can suffer.
What to do if You Have Suffered a Burn Injury
If you have suffered a burn injury due to no fault of your own and have a burn injury claim, it is recommended that you seek immediate medical attention. Also, take note of the conditions that caused the burn and collect evidence if possible. Lastly, contact an experienced burn injury attorney to discuss the details of your case. Each of the aforementioned suggestions are time-sensitive, so it is imperative that you move as quickly as possible and contact us at our law firm to ensure your physical and financial safety.
Connecting With an Experienced Burn Injury Attorney
It is very complicated to file a personal injury claim by yourself. You may leave yourself vulnerable to taking a settlement that is well below what you are entitled too and/or being bullied by the attorneys of the insurance company. Working with seasoned personal injury attorneys can help you to recover the damages that you deserve for medical expenses, lost income, decreased future earnings, as well as pain and suffering. If you have suffered a burn injury due to the negligent actions of another party, give the law office of Jerome O. Fjeld, PLLC a talk with one of their personal injury lawyers to schedule your free consultation today.