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If you believe that someone else was responsible for causing your burn injuries, you may seek compensation from the responsible party. A burn injury attorney can help you protect your rights after a burn accident.
The team of Eau Claire burn injury attorneys at Nicolet Law Accident & Injury Lawyers wants to help you move forward after your accident and unexpected injuries. If you hire us to represent you in your burn injury claim, we will work alongside you to fight for your rights and seek the compensation you deserve. Our goal is for each one of our clients to reach a positive resolution in their case that justly compensates them for the losses and damages they have sustained through no fault of their own.
Nearly 500,000 people seek medical treatment for burn injuries each year, and almost 30,000 of those burn victims require specialized treatment at an accredited burn center. Many of these burn injuries occur as the result of a preventable accident. Preventable burn injury accidents can be the basis for a personal injury claim or a civil lawsuit.
Burns are some of the most painful and traumatic injuries an individual can experience. Burn injury survivors are often left with severe physical as well as deep emotional scars. In many circumstances, a burn accident could have been avoided. It is unfortunate and tragic that someone else’s negligent actions can have such a lasting and damaging effect on the life of an innocent burn victim.
Burns happen as the result of a wide range of accidents. Accidents that involve machines, vehicles, chemicals, or other volatile materials can easily lead to an explosion or an eruption of flames after an impact.
Examples of common burn accidents include:
When many people think of a burn, they think of fire or open flame. While a majority of burns occur because of contact with fire or flame, there are other circumstances in which an individual can suffer a burn injury in an accident.
The possible types of burn injuries include:
Burn injuries are classified based on the severity of pain and damage they cause using a system of degrees. First-degree burns are relatively minor, while fourth-degree burns are the most severe and can result in death.
First-degree burns affect just the top layer of skin. The skin is usually reddened and painful to the touch. These burns will usually heal on their own and do not generally require medical care or treatment.
Second-degree burns blister the top several layers of skin and cause significant pain on and near the burned area. The burn may swell and have a red and slick or shiny appearance. It is best to seek medical care for these burns to avoid the possibility of infection.
This type of burn results in damage to all layers of the skin as well as underlying tissue. Sometimes these burns damage nerves, which means they are not always painful, even though they are quite severe. The burn victim’s skin can appear black, white, or even yellow. These types of burns require emergency medical care and significant medical intervention; recovery can take a long time. Once the burns heal, significant scarring can be expected.
This type of burn goes deep into the victim’s body and can affect muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones. These burns are life-threatening and generally require surgery, skin grafts, and other major interventions to help the victim survive. Burn victims with this magnitude of injury usually face long-term hospitalization and a drawn-out recovery. Fourth-degree burns leave major scars and often result in disfigurement.
The amount of compensation a burn accident victim ultimately recovers depends on the unique circumstances of their case, including the severity of their burn injuries. For the most severe burns, victims can face months and years of recovery and may never return to the life they once had. All burns that expose the tissue underneath the skin are highly susceptible to infection. Potentially deadly secondary infections can cause additional complications for victims of burn accidents.
Burn accident victims often accrue enormous medical expenses as they recover from severe injuries. A severe burn victim can require long-term hospitalization, followed by long-term physical therapy, and sometimes-additional surgeries and other medical interventions in the future.
Beyond the financial costs of their injuries, burn victims face impacts on their lives they could have never expected or prepared for.
Victims of severe burn accidents usually face lifelong trauma that affects their emotional and mental wellbeing. It can be a difficult and painful process for burn victims to adapt to the changes in their appearance after an accident as well as the limitations created by their injuries.
Under the law, you may be entitled to compensation for all of your losses that have arisen from a burn accident injury. If another party’s negligence led to your injuries, you may be able to hold that party liable for your damages and losses.
Damages in a burn accident case can include:
If you or a loved one suffered a burn injury in an accident that was someone else’s fault, it is in your best interests to seek legal representation as soon as possible. Burn injury claims are complicated and require the dedication of a knowledgeable attorney with experience representing burn victims. The effect of burn injuries on your life can be extensive. A lawyer will evaluate your case and help you gather evidence to support your claim for the compensation you deserve.
The at-fault party and their insurance company will almost always fight to compensate you with as little money as possible or try to deny your claim altogether. An attorney can help. The law sets a deadline on how long you have to seek compensation, so contact an attorney about your situation as soon as possible. Contact us or dial (715) 226-6149 for your free case evaluation at Nicolet Law Accident & Injury Lawyers to discuss your burn injuries and the options that may be available to you under the law.
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