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A burn injury is one of the most devastating types of catastrophic injuries. Severe burn injuries are extremely painful, often require extensive treatment, and result in permanent damage to the body. Burns are costly to treat, and scarring can leave victims feeling self-conscious about their appearance. These are only a few effects that burn injuries can have on victims and their families.
You do not have to take on the people who are responsible for your injuries alone. The lawyers of Doran & Cawthorne, P.L.L.C. are here to guide you through the legal process and get compensation for your injuries.
Stages of Burn Injuries
Burn injuries range in severity, from first-degree burns to fourth-degree burns. As the degree of burn increases, so does the damage to skin and tissue and the level of pain a victim can experience.
The degrees of burn injuries are identified by the following signs and symptoms:
- First-degree burns: The least severe type of burn, first-degree burns affect the outer layer of skin and may appear red, slightly painful, and possibly with blisters. This is the type of burn a person may get after touching a hot stove or getting a bad sun burn.
- Second-degree burns: Second-degree burns impact the next layer of skin. The symptoms may include serious pain, swelling, and blisters.
- Third-degree burns: Third-degree burns affect all layers of skin and may harm underlying tissues as well. The skin will appear severely damaged.
While many people consider third-degree burns to be the worst type of burn, it is also possible for a burn to be labeled as a fourth-degree burn. A fourth-degree burn is the most severe type of burn. In addition to destroying all layers of skin and tissue, fourth-degree burns can harm muscles and bones as well.
Burn Injury Treatment
The methods that are necessary to treat a burn injury depend on the severity of the injury and a victim’s specific symptoms. It is important to discuss your treatment plan with a doctor.
Some of the potential methods of treating and managing a burn injury include:
- Physical therapy
- At-home care
How Do Burn Injuries Happen?
Burn injuries are most often caused by extreme heat, which a person can be exposed to during a car accident or other instance. In addition to fires or other sources of heat, burns can be caused by the sun, chemicals, or even extreme cold. These conditions may be experienced in work-related accidents, premises liability incidents, and a range of other events.
What Can I Recover Compensation for After a Burn Injury?
In most burn injury cases, medical expenses account for the majority of financial damages. Additional economic damages often include lost wages due to time off work and the cost of travel to and from medical appointments.
It is possible to recover compensation for non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering. “Pain and suffering” is a legal term that is used to describe the damages caused by negligence that are not quantifiable, but are no less significant and are still compensable. Some examples may include loss of enjoyment of life, loss of consortium, stress, depression, anxiety, and similar emotional strain.
Burn injuries can be fatal, in which case the family of a deceased victim may be entitled to compensation for funeral and burial costs, pain and suffering, and any medical bills the decedent incurred before they passed away. We can assist you with filing a claim for wrongful death.
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We are here to help you in the aftermath of a tragedy. Reach out to our team as soon as possible to learn more about how you can recover compensation.
An injury is a devastating thing to have to deal with and a legal case on top of it can seem impossible. Our firm’s personal injury attorneys are able to offer peace of mind when you know that someone with experience and commitment is handling the situation.
When a case can’t be worked out through negotiation, Doran & Cawthorne has no qualms about taking the matter to court. Whether before a judge, or jury, we will gather the evidence necessary to present your case before the fact-finder in the best light.
It is all too common for insurance companies to offer less than what they know to be fair. Our lawyers will negotiate on your behalf, and won’t compromise for anything less than the amount they know you should be receiving.
Our lawyers don’t just talk it…we strive to deliver. You can rest assured you’ll have experienced personal injury counsel with Doran & Cawthorne on your side.
Having handled hundreds, if not thousands of injury cases in Louisiana, Texas and elsewhere, we can assess the best options for each case.
Our firm’s attorneys will guide you in the right direction to make sure your case is developed effectively to your advantage.