Burn injuries are both painful and disfiguring. Even with the best available treatment, you may not recover from a burn completely. Depending on the severity of the burn, you may be left with lingering pain and significant scarring.
If your burn occurred because of the negligence or intentional action of another party, you may be able to recover compensation by filing a personal injury lawsuit.
Understanding Burn Injuries
Burn injuries occur when the skin and/or deeper tissues are damaged by radiation, heat, sunlight or electricity. Depending on the severity of the burn, the victim may experience blistering, swelling and shock. Burns also cause intense pain, and they often leave scars.
Burn injuries can be divided into three categories based on the amount of damage inflicted. These categories include:
- First Degree Burns - A first degree burn damages only the outermost layer of the skin. This is the least serious burn.
- Second Degree Burns - Second degree burns damage the outer layer of the skin and some of the tissue beneath it.
- Third Degree Burns - Third degree burns are the most severe burn injuries. These burns damage the deepest layers of tissue.
Can Burns Be Treated
When someone sustains a burn injury, prompt treatment is essential in order to minimize the damage. Minor burn injuries may be treated with antibiotic creams to prevent infection. When burns are more serious, more extensive treatment will be required. The wound may need to be cleaned and/or debrided. Physicians may also need to place skin grafts when burns are severe and/or cover large portions of the body.
Taking Action After Burn Injuries
In some cases, burns occur because of an accident that could not have been prevented. In other cases, however, burns occur because an individual, company or government agency behaved negligently. Examples include burns from automobile accidents caused by drunk drivers, burns that occur because of medical errors and burns caused by defective products.
When you sustain a burn injury because of someone else's negligent actions, filing a personal injury claim is the best way to get the justice you deserve. If you are able to win your case, you will receive damages to cover the medical bills you have already paid, as well as estimated future medical expenses related to your burn. If your burn caused you to miss work, or if you are unable to return to work because of your injuries, you will receive damages to replace your earnings as well. You can also recover damages for pain and suffering, bodily disfigurement, mental and emotional distress, and other categories of damages that may apply to your specific situation.
Contact Brogdon Champion
Like all personal injury cases, claims related to burn injuries must be filed within a specific amount of time after the incident. If you don't file your case before this deadline, you forfeit your right to recover compensation.
If you or your child has suffered a burn injury, contact Brogdon Champion today to learn more about filing a case.