Burn Injuries Can Quickly Become Serious
Every 30 minutes someone in the United States suffers from a burn injury. The cause of a burn injury varies, but the outcome in some instances is the same – pain and suffering or death.
Medical Assistance Can Be Costly
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that fire and burn injuries represent 2% of the total cost of all injuries in this country each year. This amounts to $7.5 billion in medical expenses. Depending on the type of burn and the circumstances (such as a chemical burn or burn from a car accident) skin graft surgeries, rehabilitation and therapy are frequently required to restore an individual’s health and well-being.
Those who are negligent in following rules that protect the safety of other individuals should be held liable for damages. The Albany-area injury lawyers at Anderson, Moschetti & Taffany, PLLC, have decades of experience assisting those with burn injury claims. With our assistance, you can get much-needed compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.
Types Of Burns
There are three main types or classifications of burns:
- Thermal burns — The most common type of burn, a thermal burn comes from an increase in temperature often due to flame or hot liquid.
- Chemical burns — Acids, alkalis and other caustic compounds create chemical burns. These injuries occur when the chemical comes in contact with the skin or eyes.
- Electrical burns — When an electrical current passes through the body, the resulting contact creates a burn through the layers of skin.
The varying degrees of burns determine the severity of a burn injury. These include:
- First degree — Also known as superficial burns, this classification designates minor topical or outer layer burns.
- Second degree — The second layer of skin along with the first is damaged in a second-degree burn, creating painful blisters and redness of the skin.
- Third degree — The most severe classification for burns, third degree destroys the first two layers of skin, possibly damaging bones, muscle tissue and tendons. Nerve endings may be destroyed and extensive surgery may be needed to prevent fatality.
Let An Experienced Law Firm Assist You
Burn injuries are extremely painful. Our personal injury attorneys understand your desire for the fullest compensation possible; it is our mission to provide you with the best legal counsel. With decades of experience, we will fight for your rights and full compensation.