Each year in the United States, thousands of people suffer burn injuries from a multitude of causes. According to the American Burn Association, 450,000 burn injury victims received medical treatment in 2013. Burns of any degree can be extremely painful and uncomfortable, and serious burn injuries often require extended hospital stays, prolonged periods of recovery, costly reconstructive surgeries, and continuing medical treatment.
Burn Injuries: Causes
- Chemical exposure
- Defective products
- Exposure to high temperatures
- Exposure to high volts of electricity
- Smoke Inhalation
- Automobile Accidents
Burn Injuries: Classifications
Burns are classified in degrees by severity. First-degree burns are the least serious of all burns but can still be extremely uncomfortable. The symptoms of a first degree burn typically include red skin, swelling and pain. A second degree burn is a burn that exceeds the first layer of skin and reaches the second layer. Second degree burn injuries may result in blisters on the skin, swelling and intense, throbbing pain. Injuries resulting from a third degree burn are the most serious. The victim of a third-degree burn may experience damage to all layers of the skin, muscle, tissue and even bone.
Contact a Burn Injury Lawyer
A burn injury is one of the most horrific and devastating things that a person can suffer. Burns effect a victim in several ways, causing serious pain, life altering scarring, and psychological trauma. Burn injuries often require persistent care from burn specialists, and many victims require skin grafts or reconstructive surgery. Often times, the financial burden associated with caring for burn injuries is overwhelming.
When a burn injury is caused by another person’s negligence, a burn victim may be able to obtain compensation for pain and suffering, medical bills and lost wages through a personal injury claim. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a burn injury, contact an experienced burn injury lawyer at the Lambert Firm today.