Burns are widely considered to be the most painful types of injuries that a person can suffer. When a car accident or other act of negligence causes a severe burn, the damage inflicted can be catastrophic. If a person survives a major burn, they are often left facing a months of excruciating recovery and lasting, disfiguring scars.
Because burn injuries are so serious, burn victims often need both immediate medical attention and lengthy specialized treatment. Burns are considered open wounds, and must be continuously cleaned and treated to prevent an infection that can lead to a more serious injury or death. Accordingly, it is not uncommon for severe burn patients to spend weeks in a medically-induced coma healing and months afterwards confined to a hospital room for treatment.
The severity of a burn depends on how many layers of the skin are affected. A first-degree burn only damages the outer layer of the skin, which usually results in relatively easy to treat blistering. With a second-degree burn, the second layer, known as the dermis is involved as well. Third-degree burns are the worst type of burns, and involve the deepest layers of the skin as well as the underlying tissues. These types of burns usually require treatment at a specialized burn center.
Depending on the severity and the size of the burn, surgery can often necessary to place skin grafts, using un-burned skin to close a wound. After the wounds are healed, plastic or cosmetic surgery may be needed to help reconstruct a person’s appearance and remove scar tissue.
Burn injuries which are the result of someone else’s negligence have several main causes. Some burns arise from flames in a car accident, and others are the result of a defective product catching fire. Burns incurred at the workplace may be the result of the employer cutting corners on safety measures, and still others are caused by intentional acts, such as when someone throws a scalding liquid or caustic chemical at another.
Regardless of the cause, if a burn injury is the result of another person’s negligence or wrongdoing, then the burn victim will be able to file a lawsuit seeking compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and future medical treatment needs.
From auto accidents, to explosions, to fires caused by a defective product, the Trial Law Offices of Bradley I. Kramer, M.D., Esq., pursues justice for burn victims. Our dedicated medical and legal staff will thoroughly investigate the causes of your burn to determine who is responsible for your injuries, and will help you seek compensation for your pain, suffering, and other injuries.
Contact the Trial Law Offices of Bradley I. Kramer, M.D., Esq., by calling (310) 289-2600, or use our online case evaluation form to have your claim reviewed for free.