The attorneys at Lohman Law Offices understand how traumatic the effects of a devastating burn injury can be. We will work closely with you throughout the legal process to ensure that you are receiving the appropriate medical treatment and that your rights are protected. An experienced burn injury attorney from our Lousiville, KY, law firm can help you secure compensation for your physical and emotional distress.
Types of Burns
Burns can happen when a person’s skin is exposed to sunlight, heat, radiation, electrical current, or chemicals. Fires, flammable liquids and gases, and scalding hot liquids or steam are common causes of the most severe types of burns. Due to the nature of burn injuries, victims may suffer extensive physical as well as psychological damage.
If you were severely burned due to the negligence or reckless behavior of another party, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
Burn injuries are classified by the degree of damage that they cause. First-degree burns affect only the outermost layer of skin and typically only cause minimal damage. In most cases, first-degree burns can be treated at home with cool water, aloe vera gel or cream, and antibiotic ointment.
Second-degree burns are more serious, and affect the outer layer of skin as well as the layer underneath. These deeper burns can cause blistering of the skin and usually turn extremely red and sore. Some second-degree burns can be treated at home, but larger injuries or those affecting sensitive areas may necessitate emergency medical care. The more serious second-degree burns may require skin grafts to repair the damage.
Third-degree burns extend through all layers of the skin and cause the most damage. The affected skin may look raised and leathery, waxy and white, or charred. As the damage from third-degree burns can extend deeper into the subcutaneous tissues, the bloodstream, major organs, and bones may be affected. Third-degree burns require immediate medical care.
The possibility of complications exists with any type of burn injury, but is more likely with second- and third-degree burns. Complications from burns may include infection, blood loss, shock, tetanus, hypovolemia (low blood volume), hypothermia (low body temperature), and death. In addition, severe burn victims may need physical therapy, occupational therapy, and mental health counseling to deal with the repercussions of pain, scarring, and disfigurement.
Causes of Burn Injuries
Burn injuries can occur under a variety of circumstances, most of which are not the fault of the burn victim. Burns are commonly caused by a variety of workplace accidents, defective products, motor vehicle accidents, electrical hazards, extremely hot liquids, and natural gas explosions. An experienced attorney will work diligently to figure out who was responsible for your injuries, and how to obtain the compensation to which you are entitled.
If you were severely burned due to the negligence or reckless behavior of another party, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Recoverable damages can include future lost wages, loss of earning capacity, medical expenses, physical pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of consortium. Severely burned victims may need multiple surgeries and extensive rehabilitation as part of the recovery process. In extreme burn cases, the victim may require lifelong care.
In cases where the burn injuries lead to wrongful death, surviving family members may be entitled to compensatory damages for the loss of the care, companionship, guidance, and support of the deceased person.
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