Burn injuries can have a variety of causes, and some are minor and disappear over time while others can result in long-term or even permanent scarring or disfigurement that can reduce one’s quality of life. If you or a loved one has suffered a burn injury due to another’s negligence, we at Agruss Law Firm are here for you every step of the way to ensure that your rights are protected and you can be fully compensated for your injuries and losses, such as medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Contact our attorneys today for a free consultation.
Burns are commonly categorized as first-, second-,third-, and fourth-degree:
- First-degree burns – These affect only the epidermis, which is the outer layer of the skin. They can be bright red and painful, but generally heal within three to five days, and hospitalization may only be necessary for pain relief and/or fluid imbalance.
- Second-degree burns – These affect the entire epidermis as well as the dermis’s upper layers. They may also be colored and painful, while sensation in the area may be partially or entirely diminished. Scarring is usually minimal and several weeks of healing may be necessary.
- Third-degree burns – Third-degree burns affect and may destroy all layers of the skin, with damage also extending to the subcutaneous tissue. The burn may be dry, black or white, leathery in texture, and severely painful, though some of these burns may numb the nerve endings and instead result in a loss of sensation.
- Fourth-degree burns – These burns may damage muscles, tendons, and even bones in addition to all layers of skin.
Burn injuries can occur on the job, at home, or even in places of business. Here are some of the most common types of burns:
Thermal – Thermal burns are caused by contact with sources of intense heat, such as flames, steam, or hot liquids, and also include: scalds from hot liquids; flash burns from propane, gasoline, or natural gas; flame burns from intense and prolonged heat; and contact burns from hot metal, glass, or coal.
Chemical – These burns often involve alkali substances and/or strong acids which continue to cause damage until “deactivated.” Chemical burns can be caused by acids and bases found in ammonia, bleach, and other common household cleaners.
Electrical (AC or DC current) – Electrical current follows the path of least resistance, meaning that these burns can extend to other areas of the body than just the point of contact. It is a common workplace injury, especially on construction sites and for professional electricians, and is often caused by damaged or faulty wiring due to the negligence of a company or property owner.
Radiation Burns – These burns are caused by alpha, beta, or gamma radiation, and some may require decontamination to prevent further damage. They may be caused by severe sunburns or, in a medical setting, improper radiation therapy or x-rays, in which case the victim may be eligible for a medical malpractice claim.
If you’ve suffered a burn injury due to someone else’s negligence, you may be eligible to recover compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering, and emotional distress in a personal injury claim, and loss of consortium, if applicable, may be claimed for your spouse in serious cases.
Legal claims for burn injuries come in many forms and may incorporate all sorts of legal issues. Here are a few common factors in a lawsuit for a burn injury:
Proving negligence – As with other personal injury claims, such as for a car accident, burn injury cases must sufficiently demonstrate that the other party’s negligence directly caused or contributed to the accident which resulted in your injury. While presenting this evidence is necessary, gathering it can be a complicated process in itself and may require witness interviews, obtaining opinions and analyses from accident reconstruction experts, and obtaining documents such as police reports and medical records.
Comparative fault claims – In a personal injury case, the negligent party may claim you were partially responsible for the accident in order to limit his/her own liability. These are accusations of “comparative fault,” and our experienced attorneys know how to defend against them and keep the story straight.
Calculating damages – Proving the extent of the losses you suffered ties in closely to proving you deserve the damages you are seeking. Common forms of damage include past and future lost wages and benefits, past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, emotional distress, short-term or permanent disabilities, and lost capacity for enjoyment of life. Thanks to pay statements and medical bills, calculating past financial losses is relatively simple. Calculating future losses can be more difficult, however, and may require the assistance of medical or economic experts.
We at Agruss Law Firm are proud to serve our fellow citizens in personal injury cases, especially when you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, and we are fully committed to protecting your rights and ensuring that the other party is held legally accountable when negligence occurs. We will fight until the very end to ensure that you are fully compensated for all injuries and losses resulting from the accident, and you won’t owe us a dime for our services.
If you or a loved one has suffered a burn injury in an accident due to negligence, contact Agruss Law Firm today for a free consultation. We are a Chicago-based personal injury law firm, and helping our clients is about counseling, advocating, and ultimately solving problems. With years of experience successfully representing the people and not the powerful, we will file your claim and take care of the insurance company, the bills, and the lost income. We will handle your case quickly and advise you every step of the way, and we will not hesitate to go to trial for you. Lastly, our personal injury lawyers are not paid attorney fees unless we win your case. Our no-fee promise is that simple. You have nothing to risk when you hire us – only the opportunity to seek justice.