Burns are among the most debilitating and painful injuries that people suffer in accidents. Burn injuries may result from heat, radiation, radioactivity, electricity or chemicals. Burns are injuries to the skin or other organic tissues of the body.
According to the American Burn Association, during one recent year in the United States:
burn injuries required
medical treatment. 2,550
deaths were caused by
deaths resulted from
vehicle crash fires.
hospitalized because of
deaths resulted from
flame burns or smoke
people died from contact
with electricity, scalding
liquids or hot objects.
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious burn caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. You should seek legal advice immediately – before you discuss the matter with an insurance adjuster and before you sign anything.
Let the law offices of Kraft & Associates, P.C., advise you about your rights after an accident that caused serious burn injuries. We’re an established and professional law firm with friendly lawyers and staff who are easy to talk to. Please call us at (214) 999-9999 or contact us online.
Burns result from a number of causes, including the following types of accidents:
The primary categories or levels of burn injuries include:
First-degree burns: The skin is red but not blistered. Minimal damage results from this type of burn. First-degree burns are superficial burns affecting only the outer layer of skin. There may be pain and inflammation along with redness, and the skin tends to become dry and peel as the burn heals.
Second-degree burns: Blistering and some thickening of the skin occur. Damage to the skin goes beyond the top layer. Blisters form and become red and sore. They may pop open. Most second-degree burns take 2 to 3 weeks to heal. The worse the blistering, the more time is required for healing. Emergency medical treatment may be required if second-degree burns affect a large area of the face, hands, groin, feet or buttocks.
Third- and fourth degree burns: The skin may become white and leathery with widespread thickness. These are the most severe burn injuries. They can cause damage that extends through all the layers of skin and into the bloodstream, affecting organs and bones. Death is the result in some cases. In spite of horrendous damage, these burns may be less painful because of damage to the nerves that produce the sensation of pain. The skin may appear raised and leathery, charred, dark brown, or white and waxy, depending on the cause of the injury.
Third- and fourth-degree burns have a high risk of complications and can lead to shock, blood loss and infection, including sepsis (bloodstream infection) and tetanus, hypothermia (dangerously low body temperature) and hypovolemia (low blood volume). Serious burns can cause significant scarring and require skin grafting for treatment.
If you have suffered a serious burn through someone else’s negligence, it is important to consult with a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer and actively pursue the maximum compensation you are entitled to receive. Medical expenses and costs related to serious burns may be extremely high and may continue throughout the victim’s lifetime. Permanent scarring often results from serious burn injuries.
Kraft & Associates, P.C., is dedicated to protecting your rights and helping you obtain the compensation you deserve. Our experienced lawyers have been helping burn victims in Northern Texas for decades.