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Due to the severe nature of most burn injuries sustained in an accident, victims are often left with permanent physical and mental scarring. Burn injuries are extremely painful, even throughout the healing process. If you or a loved one has suffered from a burn injury in an accident due to another’s negligence, consider filing a claim to compensate for punitive and compensatory damages.
What Causes Burn Injuries?
A burn injury can occur anytime, but it is often the result of someone’s negligence. Victims can sustain a burn injury in a car accident, on unsafe premises, while using a defective product, or in their own homes. Regular, everyday products such as water heaters, electrical cords, or cleaning chemicals can produce first, second, and third degree burns. If a manufacturer error or negligence caused your burn injury, you may be unsure of what your next steps are in seeking fair compensation.
Catastrophic burn injuries are some of the worst injuries a person can suffer. These burns may be the result of car accident fires, but they occur most often within the victim’s own home. You may assume being scalded from hot liquids or steam in the kitchen are always the victim’s fault, but if the equipment the victim was using at the time was defective and caused the injury, the manufacturer may be responsible for the victim’s injuries.
Contact with toxic chemicals, such as lye, acid, ammonia, and bleach, are other common causes of household burns. Many detergents and cleaners use chemicals that burn exposed skin, leading to soft tissue damage and beyond. While most cleaners have warnings explaining these risks, companies may be negligent in their product warnings or manufacturer a defective cleaning product.
If a manufacturer error, defective product, workplace hazard, unsafe premises, reckless driver, or other negligent party caused your burn injury, first seek medical attention. After receiving care, take steps toward filing a negligence claim. Find a local burn injury lawyer with experience handling burn accidents to help you navigate these complex personal injury cases.
Types of Burn Injuries
Burn injuries are classified according to levels: first-degree, second-degree, third-degree, and fourth-degree burns. First-degree burns are the least serious, resulting in red but non-blistered skin. They can be painful but do not leave lasting damages. Second-degree burns are more painful and result in visible blistering. Third-degree burns give the skin a white, leathery appearance and can leave permanent scarring.
Fourth-degree burns have the same symptoms of third-degree burns, but they also include damage beyond the skin. These severe burns extend to the tendons and bones and can lead to permanent damage and death. The degree of the burn depends on the cause of the burn, as well as how long the skin is exposed to the source of the heat.
While most burns need medical attention, this is even more important for chemical and electrical burns. They need immediate medical attention due to the propensity for affecting the inside of the body, even if physical damage is minor.
When to Seek a Lawyer for Burn Injuries
If you believe your burn injury would have been prevented with due care on the behalf of a product manufacturer, employer, driver, or other party, seek professional help. Many burn injuries around the home can actually be attributed to faulty equipment and electrical wiring, which deserve the court’s attention.
To seek legal representation for your burn injury, regardless of its severity, contact Ted Smith Law Group, PLLC, for a free consultation. We will discuss your burn injury with you and give you legal counsel for what to do moving forward with a lawsuit.