If you or a loved one are the victims of a burn injury, you know how much physical and emotional pain follows. While the survival rates of burn victims are high, the devastating burn injuries they face can be debilitating and last for the rest of their lives. This includes everything from life-altering surgeries such as skin grafts and amputations to battling infections and long-term rehabilitation.
A victim of such a serious injury has enough to deal with in trying to recover. Handling hospital expenses, insurance companies, and workers compensation only add to the stress of the situation. In addition, burn cases can be very complex and calls on the help of experts to help determine who is at fault.
Three Categories of Burn Injuries
Your skin is your body’s largest organ and first defense against infection. Any damage to your skin can have serious, long-term consequences. While there are many situations in which a person can receive a burn injury, the severity of those injuries can vary. There are three main categories of burn severity. They include:
First Degree: Only the top layer of skin is damaged. The injured party typically has redness of the skin, minor inflammation, minimal damage and generally heals within one (1) week.
Second Degree: Damage goes beyond the first layer of skin. The injured party typically has extremely red, blistered skin. These burns could take weeks to heal and require proper bandaging to keep out infection and help the skin to heal.
Third Degree: This is the most severe burn and extends through all layers of the skin and can also affect organs and bones. The injured party typically has a white or black dry wound and charring of the affected area. This type of burn can cause permanent nerve damage, organ damage, hypothermia and even death.
Besides the obvious external physical damage of a burn injury, there are many long-lasting complications that can take a toll on the victim. They include:
- Secondary Infections
- Intensive Therapy
- Permanent Disfigurement
- Loss of Physical Ability
- Brain Damage
- Cardiac and Respiratory Damage
The external injuries and serious complications make burns some of the most painful, traumatic and expensive injuries to heal.
Where Do Most Burn Injuries Occur?
A great number of burn injuries typically occur in the workplace, but could occur most anywhere. Some of the most common types of burn injuries happen in the following:
- Construction Sites
- Electrical, Chemical and Energy Industries
- Food Service
- Car Accidents
- Hot Liquids/Steam
- Exposure to Industrial Cleaners
- Hair and Beauty Products
Most of these injuries are accidental and caused by the negligence and carelessness of one or more parties. To determine who the responsible party or parties are, you need the help of an experienced burn injury attorney – someone who is not only familiar with personal injury but also construction law, product liability, workers’ compensation and negligence.
The attorneys at SMT Legal have experts that can:
- Pinpoint the cause and origin of the fire.
- Gather and analyze evidence
- Test any products and/or materials involved or used in the fire
- Identify the responsible party or parties
Types of Compensation for Burn Injuries in Pittsburgh
If you or a loved one has sustained a burn injury you may be entitled to compensation for any or all of the following:
- Medical Expenses
- Loss of Wages
- Pain and Suffering
- Loss of Enjoyment of Life
- Wrongful Death
Don’t wait to call for a free case evaluation. Our serious injury lawyers can meet with you in your home, at the hospital or in our downtown Pittsburgh location.
How SMT Legal Can Help
Whether you or your loved one was injured in an accident or is the victim of another’s negligence, we are here to guide you and your family through a difficult time.Everyone has unique situations and we take the time to really listen to the details of your case to fully understand the surrounding circumstances.
We are compassionate attorneys who will fight for the maximum compensation you deserve.
We will aggressively push the car insurance companies and health insurance companies to get the maximum coverage they owe for your injuries. If applicable, we will take action against any negligent medical care workers.
At SMT Legal, we will evaluate your claim thoroughly and retain any and all experts needed to evaluate and validate your case. Our job is to thoroughly investigate the facts of your case to build a strong and winnable case.
Our Pittsburgh Burn injury attorneys work on a contingency basis, meaning that you will not pay us anything unless we win your case. There is no fee in simply talking to us and letting us hear your story. Contact us today.