Aiding Victims With Burn Injuries
A burn injury can be devastating and take an immense amount of time to heal. Your daily activities might be limited and your ability to work compromised. Thousands of people each year are seriously burned in accidents, resulting in painful injuries, scars and disfigurement. Burn injuries are among the most painful and long-lasting injuries that a person can suffer. Serious burn injuries usually involve long-term rehabilitation. Few people know that burn injuries are second only to motor vehicle accidents as the leading cause of accidental death in the United States.
If you have suffered a serious burn in an accident, the attorneys at Sweeney Julian can help you seek compensation to help as you recover.
Fighting For The Compensation You Deserve
Burn patients typically must stay in the hospital for a long time, and burns are among the most expensive catastrophic injuries to treat. For example, a burn covering 30 percent of an individual’s body can cost as much as $250,000 in initial hospitalization costs and physician fees. For extensive burns, there are additional significant expenses, including costs for repeated hospitalizations, skin grafts, scar revision surgery and more. Quite often, expensive treatments for infections and other complications are also required.
Types Of Burn Injuries
Burns are categorized according to their severity from one to three.
- First-degree burns are minor burns involving only the top layer of skin. Sunburns are examples of first-degree burns. This type of burn is red and hot, but there is no swelling or blistering.
- Second-degree burns involve the top layer of skin and the layers underneath. The skin is light red and blistery, somewhat swollen and moist, and oozing. The pain is extremely severe.
- Third-degree burns involve all of the layers of the skin. The burn will destroy the nerves and the blood vessels in the skin. There is very little pain at first, but the pain will become severe. The burn area is white, yellow, black or dark red. The skin will be dry and leathery. As the burns heal, there will be dense scarring, and skin grafting may be necessary. Often patients with third-degree burns will suffer from serious infections, organ failures and other complications.
The majority of serious burn injuries are caused by:
- Car accidents
- Gas explosions
- Scalding water
- Electrical accidents
- Industrial accidents
- Gasoline spills
- Household fires
- Lighters and matches
Severe burn injuries are excruciatingly painful and can result in horrible scars and skin grafting, often causing permanent disfigurement. This is what some of the best burn doctors in the industry call “the unseen injury.” For the best chance of recovery, it is important to seek immediate medical treatment after suffering a burn injury. Photographs of the victim at every stage, including his or her recovery while undergoing treatment, are critical to properly documenting the extent of the injuries. Only a trained legal photographer should be used for these types of “documentary” photographs.
Call For The Tenacious Advocacy You Deserve
The lawyers at Sweeney Julian are experienced with burn injury cases. We know how to properly handle your case so that evidence is secured and your rights are protected. If you feel you have been the victim of such an injury, and the injury resulted from the careless or negligent actions of another, it is important that you consult our firm immediately. Call our our Indiana office at 574-247-1234.