Burn injuries are those injuries to flesh or skin caused by heat, fires, electricity, electrical equipment malfunctions, chemicals, friction, explosions, smoke inhalation, chemical inhalation and radiation. Burns injuries can damage a person’s skin layers (epidermis, dermis and subcutaneous tissue), muscles, blood vessels, nerves, lungs, and eyes. The severity of a burn is based on several factors, including depth, size, cause, affected body area, age, and general health of the burn victim. Burns are usually defined as first, second, third, or even fourth degree, depending on how many layers of skin and tissue are burned. The greater and area and depth of the burn, the more severe the burn is. First degree burns are burns of the first layer of skin, the epidermis. Second degree burns include two sub-categories: 1) superficial partial thickness burns to the first and second layers of skin, and 2) deep partial thickness burns to the deeper skin layers. Third degree burns (also known as “full thickness burns”) injure all skin layers and tissue under the skin. Fourth degree burns extend through the skin and injure muscle, ligaments, tendons, nerves, blood vessels, and bones. One attribute that is shared by all degrees of burn injuries is pain. Burns are among the worst injuries. The pain is severe, the hospital stay is long, and the danger of infection is ever-present.
The initial treatment for burn injuries differs, depending on the degree of the burns. First degree burns may be treated with simple painkillers, while more severe burns may require more aggressive and prolonged treatment including admission into specialized burn centers. Full thickness burns usually require surgery, such as skin grafting, and 24 hour medical supervision to administer intravenous fluids, wound care and medications due to the high risk of infection, such as pneumonia, cellulitis, urinary tract infections and respiratory failure. Burn injury victims are left with significant scarring, hair loss, and other permanent disfigurement, and because of their visible sequelae, they often suffer from posttraumatic psychological and emotional disorders, including severe depression. Thus, medical treatment for the moderate to severe burn injuries often requires a variety of medical specialists, therapists and other care givers. At Goldberg & Dohan, our Firm has extensive resources and community contacts to ensure our clients find the best medical specialists to attend to their needs.
When the burn was caused by another person’s carelessness or negligence, you may be able to obtain compensation for your pain and suffering, medical bills and lost wages. Our law firm has handled many burn injury claims. We use a large network of medical specialists to help us evaluate your case. These experts help determine the cost of the ongoing medical care you will need after a burn.
Clients come to us after suffering burns because of:
- Truck accidents
- Car accidents
- Industrial accidents
- House fires
- Vehicle fires
- Electrical equipment malfunctions
- Chemical burns
- Smoke inhalation
If you, or someone you know has suffered a burn injury, call our office now at 305-536-3400, toll free at 1-800-270-1710, e-mail us, or complete a free case evaluation for a consultation directly with one of our attorneys.