Advocating for Burn Accident Victims
Severe burns are among the most serious and painful types of injuries. They are accompanied by inflammatory and immune response, metabolic changes, and shock that can lead to organ failure. Burns can be caused by heat, electricity, chemicals, radiation, friction, or even extreme cold. Most burn injuries are caused by heat from hot liquids, hot solids, or fire, as stated in a study published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
What Are the Different Types of Burns?
In most cases, degree and severity of burn injuries are based on their size and depth. Electrical burns are the exception, as they can cause significant injury beneath the skin without showing any damage on the surface. Burns are classified in four different degrees:
- First degree: When the thickness of the injury is superficial, affecting only the epidermis (outer layer of skin), burns are classified as first-degree. This is a painful but minor injury that does not blister or scar.
- Second degree: Burns that extend into the dermis (underlying layer of skin) are classified as second-degree or partial thickness. They often form painful blisters. Superficial second-degree burns can be more painful and may scar but will not require surgery. Deeper second-degree burns may be less painful, but they scar more and may require surgery.
- Third degree: Full thickness burns, extending through the epidermis and well into the dermis are classified as third-degree. Large areas of third-degree burns will require skin grafting. Smaller areas heal with scarring or contracture (shortening and hardening of tissue). There is a substantial risk of infection with third-degree burns.
- Fourth degree: When burn injuries extend through both layers of skin and the fatty underneath to affect muscle or bone, they are classed in the fourth degree. This severity of burn injury leads to loss of the burned body part.
What Are the Costs of Treating Serious Burns?
Burn care is one of the costliest areas of healthcare. Patients with severe burn injuries may require multiple surgeries, extended hospital stays, and expensive equipment. People who have suffered electrical burns may need longer hospital stays than those with other types of burn injuries. Researchers found that among patients with major burns, each 1% of burn injury corresponds to a mean hospital stay of two days, in a study published in the Annals of Burns and Fire Disasters. For example, a patient who suffers burns affecting 16% total body surface may spend 32 days in the hospital. After a burn patient is discharged from the hospital, subsequent skin grafting, and other procedures may be required.
What Types of Accidents Cause Burn Injuries?
People can suffer burn injuries in several types of accidents, including:
- Car, truck, and motorcycle crashes
- Electrical accidents
- Fireworks injuries
- Construction or industrial accidents
- Scalding liquid accidents
- Malfunctioning water heaters or plumbing
- Building fires
How Do You Recover Compensation for Burns?
If someone else caused your accident and burn injuries, you may have a claim for compensation against the at-fault party. The first step is to get emergency medical treatment for your injuries. The next step is to speak with experienced Indianapolis personal injury attorneys. We can:
- Investigate your accident to determine who is liable
- Secure evidence to support your claim
- Build a persuasive case based on the facts and evidence
- Assess the full extent of your losses – including future medical costs
- Negotiate skillfully with insurance companies on your behalf
- Advise you on the fairness of settlement offers
- File a lawsuit and fight for the compensation you deserve in court, if necessary
At Emerson Divorce and Accident Injury Attorneys, L.L.C., we have extensive trial experience and a history of success for our clients. Call us at (317) 969-8000 if you or your loved one has been seriously burned through the negligence of another.