Columbia Burn Injury Lawyers
Helping Victims of Burn Injuries Recover Compensation
Each year in the United States, approximately 1.1 million Americans seek medical attention for burn injuries. About 50,000 of these people are hospitalized and roughly 4,500 of them succumb to their injuries. Like many other traumatic injuries, burn injuries are preventable and often caused by carelessness.
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Types and Degrees of Burns
When you make contact with heat, radiation, chemicals, or electrical currents, you can sustain a burn injury. The different types of burn injuries are as follows:
- Thermal burns come from heat sources like hot metals, scalding liquids, steam, and flames.
- Radiation burns are a result of prolonged exposure to ultraviolet light (like the sun) or other sources of radiation (like an X-ray).
- Chemical burns come from strong acids, alkalies, detergents, or solvents that come into contact with the skin or eyes.
- Electrical burns are a result of electrical current – alternating current (AC) or direct current (DC).
Burns are also classified by degree:
- First-degree burns: damage of only the outer layer of skin
- Second-degree burns: damage of the outer layer and the layer underneath
- Third-degree burns: damage of destruction of the deepest layer of skin and the tissues underneath. Some medical providers call these burns superficial, partial thickness, and full thickness burns
- Fourth degree burns: extends into fat,
- Fifth degree burns: extends into muscle, and sixth degree burns to bone.”
Although most first-degree burns heal on their own, second- and third-degree burns and burns that cover a large portion of the body typically require medical attention.
Burns are also incredibly painful, with the exception of third-degree burns which destroy the nerve endings. First-degree burns are red, painful, and dry; second-degree burns are red, blistered, swollen, and painful; and third-degree burns appear with or charred.
If you have suffered any significant burn injury, you may be entitled to compensation. Woron and Dhillon, LLC can help you file a personal injury lawsuit to recover the damages you are owed.
Where Do Burn Injuries Take Place?
Per the World Health Organization (WHO), burns occur mainly in the home and workplace. Scalds from hot liquids and steam, building fires, and flammable liquids and gases are the most common causes of burns in the United States.
Burns can take place during fiery car accidents, in house fires caused by defective products, and even in tanning beds. Some workplaces, like restaurants, also carry a high risk of burn injuries – especially when employers do not take the appropriate safety measures.
When someone else’s negligence is responsible for your wound, our Columbia burn injury attorneys can help.
Long-Term Effects of Burn Injuries
Severe burn injuries can result in scarring, shock, and even death. Because your skin protects your body, having burnt skin can also leave you susceptible to serious infections. Many second- and third- degree wounds necessitate a skin graft, a procedure that uses natural or artificial skin to cover the wound while it heals.
People who survive burn injuries are often left with permanent impairments and scars. Some people lose limbs, suffer disfigurement, lose their mobility, and suffer recurrent infections. Others experience depression, nightmares, flashbacks, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
If your injury and its long-term effects take away your ability to work, filing a catastrophic injury lawsuit may help you recover.
How Can Woron and Dhillon, LLC Help Me?
While no amount of money will change what happened, our firm can help you recover valuable resources and secure your future. The prognosis for burn injury victims depends largely on the care they receive. A successful settlement or verdict can help you account for:
- Hospital bills
- Skin grafts and other treatments
- All medical expenses related to the injury
- Rehabilitative care
- Assistive care and devices
- Missed wages
- Lost earning potential
- Pain and suffering
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- And more
At Woron and Dhillon, LLC, we get results. We will pursue full and fair compensation on your behalf, so you have the time and treatment you need to get better. When you choose our firm, you work directly with our attorneys, and if you can’t make it into our Columbia office, we will visit your home or hospital bed. Your consultation is free, and we will use our 30 years of combined legal experience to answer all your legal questions and concerns.
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