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Most of us are familiar with burns resulting from fires. These burns can range from minor to serious and life-threatening. However, fire-related injuries are not the only type of burns. Other types involve the skin coming into contact with:
At their worst, burns can be fatal, and if you survive, they will often cause severe and lasting tissue damage that leads to long-term disability and disfigurement.
If you or a loved one have suffered a burn due to someone else’s negligence, then our firm will fight for you to recover the maximum damages possible.
You’re probably already somewhat familiar with the different degrees of burns – and contrary to popular belief, there are more than three. In a nutshell, they are:
Some classifications divide fourth-degree burns into fifth-degree and beyond, but we’ll stop there.
You can often tell these burns apart by their different appearances:
First-degree and second-degree burns are usually very painful; however, third-degree burns often do not hurt at all, because the nerves beneath the skin are damaged or destroyed.
Of course, you won’t need serious medical treatment for some types of less serious burns. These include most first-degree burns as well as second-degree burns that only affect a small area (not more than a few inches in diameter, and not in a vulnerable area of the body such as the face). For large second-degree burns, though, and for third-degree and higher, you will need medical treatment.
It’s also important to remember that burns can spread and become more severe, even after the initial exposure to the heat has ceased. If you are in doubt, it’s best to get it checked out. Seeing a doctor is a small cost, and it will help provide evidence that you were actually burned, which will strengthen your case considerably if you intend to seek damages.
Burn injuries can have a variety of causes, but some of the most common include:
We can help you sue for burn and fire-related injuries under the legal theory of negligence. Legally speaking, negligence means that the defendant in a case failed to act with proper concern for the safety of those around them.
The duty of care can take many forms:
You will only be able to sue for a burn injury if someone else was negligent. For instance, if you are burned in a fire that you started, or because you used a consumer product in a manner other than what was intended, you will likely not be able to sue. However, if someone else was at fault, you have every right to sue for negligence.
Occasionally someone will have burned you intentionally; this, too, is actionable.
The defense attorneys in a case will often argue that you were wholly or partly at fault for your injuries. This is why you hire a personal injury attorney: our team will provide evidence to show that you were, in fact, burned as a result of someone else’s negligence.
Our firm may be able to help you sue for a variety of damages, including:
In wrongful death cases, when an immediate family member as died as a result of their burns, then you may be able to receive damages on behalf of your loved one, as well as damages for other factors such as funeral expenses.
Cases differ, and we may be able to recover some types of damages, and not others, based on what exactly happened in your case. For instance, if no significant items of personal property were destroyed, then we may not be able to help you there, but if you suffered extreme disfigurement, we may be able to recover a great deal for that.
Remember, burn injuries are difficult, but they do not need to be any more difficult than they have to be. With the right attorneys by your side, you will be able to get the justice that you deserve and come out the other side of this okay.
If you or a loved one has suffered a burn or fire-related injury, don’t delay, contact the Law Offices of Jennie Levin, P.C. right away. We will do all that we can to help you. Also, if you found this article interesting and you believe that your friends would be interested in learning more about this, then share on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media. Finally, feel free to leave us a comment, and let us know what questions you would like us to answer next!
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