If you or a loved one has suffered burn injuries due to the fault of another or while on the job, then you may be entitled to receive money for your medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, scarring, or other losses. Our law firm works with some of the more experienced attorneys, who can file a burn lawsuit on your behalf, and there is no legal fee unless you receive a settlement or award. Call us toll free or visit us online for a free consultation.
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Burn Lawsuits, Workers’ Compensation, and Social Security Disability
If you have suffered burn injuries, then you may be entitled to receive monetary compensation for your losses. A personal injury lawyer can help in determining whether you have a burn lawsuit, workers’ compensation claim, and/or Social Security Disability claim. You may have a valid claim if you suffered burns in a car accident, motorcycle accident, or truck accident. Additionally, you may have a legal claim if a smoke detector was defective, or if your landlord failed to disclose or fix fire hazards. Workers’ compensation covers injuries, including burns, which occur during the course of employment. Employees can receive money to cover their medical expenses, lost wages, and rehabilitation. If you have become disabled due to burn injuries, you may also qualify for Social Security Disability benefits.
Causes of Burn Injuries:
- Boat accidents
- Car accidents
- Construction accidents
- Defective smoke detectors
- Defective products
- Electrical equipment
- Gas appliances
- Gas spills
- Hot grease/oil
- Hot water/scalding water
- House fires
- Improperly stored flammable materials
- Industrial accidents
- Plumbing accidents
- Propane heaters
- Space heaters
- Tanning beds
- Trucking accidents
- Water heater explosions
- Welding equipment
Types of Burns:
According to government statistics, every year in the United States about 1.1 million people seek medical treatment for burns. Of these, 50,000 require hospitalization, 20,000 have burns affecting more than 25% of their body, and 4,500 die (i). Additionally, the National Fire Protection Association has reported that in just one year, fire departments responded to more than 1.3 million fires which caused over $11 billion in property damage (ii). These statistics demonstrate the frequency with which fires occur and the seriousness of their resulting injuries.
A burn is an injury to the skin caused by chemicals, electricity, friction, heat, or radiation. These injuries range in severity from first degree burns (least severe) to fourth degree burns (most severe).
- First degree burns are injuries which only affect the outer layer of skin. They cause redness without blisters. These burns are painful to touch but they usually heal within a week.
- Second degree burns are injuries which affect several layers of the skin causing redness and blisters. These burns are painful and take longer to heal. Patients should make sure the wound is treated properly in order to avoid infection and scarring.
- Third degree burns are injuries that extend to every layer of skin. These burns cause the skin to turn black or white and can even destroy nerve endings. These burn injuries may require skin grafts and can take months to heal.
- Fourth degree burns are injuries that not only damage the skin but also damage tissue and bone. These burns are very serious and can result in amputation, disability, or death.
Complications Associated With Burns
These injuries are particularly dangerous because they increase the risk of a wide range of complications. Burn victims often suffer mental complications such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Patients may become depressed because they do not look the same or because they cannot do the things that they once enjoyed. Additionally, PTSD is an anxiety disorder caused by traumatic events like serious burns. This disorder can cause generalized anxiety, flashbacks, and nightmares that can be disabling. Scarring, disfigurement, and disability are physical complications that are also very traumatic. These complications not only cause mental suffering but they also can limit a person’s ability to perform daily activities. Many patients can no longer do their favorite hobbies or perform household chores because of the burns they have suffered. Infection is another complication that is all too common in burn patients. Infections frequently occur because once burned, the body suppresses the immune system. Government statistics indicate that burn-related infections cause up to 10,000 deaths each year in the United States (iii).
Serious burn injuries can also cause respiratory problems as well as organ damage. In fact, smoke inhalation causes more deaths than burn injuries. Burns and breathing smoke can cause the airways to swell, poisoning from carbon monoxide or other chemicals, pneumonia, respiratory arrest/failure, and suffocation. Organs like the kidney may also be damaged. Blood loss and infection can cause irreversible kidney damage, or even kidney failure. The most serious result is death. If your loved one has passed away due to burn injuries, infection, or smoke inhalation, then you should talk to a personal injury lawyer about a possible wrongful death claim.
Treatment depends on the severity of the burn. Minor burns may be treated at home by running the affected area under cold water, applying aloe vera or other burn ointment products, and using a pain reliever for discomfort. You should always err on the side of caution when treating these types of injuries. If you have concerns about the severity of your injuries, you should seek medical treatment. Serious burns may require a trip to the emergency room and even hospitalization. Serious burn injuries may also require surgical procedures such as skin grafting, or even amputation. Additionally, patients may need to undergo multiple plastic surgeries and months of physical therapy. These injuries can result in substantial medical expenses.
Do You Need Legal Advice Concerning Your Burn Injury?
If you or a loved one has suffered a burn injury, you may be entitled to compensation. An experienced burn lawyer can give you advice regarding a potential lawsuit, workers’ compensation claim, or Social Security Disability claim. Our law firm is currently working with qualified attorneys, who handle these types of cases and charge no legal fees until you receive a settlement or award.
Call our 24-hour phone line at 1-800-992-6878 for more information or fill out a contact form for a free legal consultation.
- (i) Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Burns.
- (ii) National Fire Protection Association, Fire Loss in the United States During 2011.
- (iii) Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Burns.