Burn injuries are painful and disfiguring injuries that a victim endures. They’re very common among the elderly and young children. They’re also one of the most common types of traumatic injuries after traffic accidents, violent attacks, and falls. It would help if you didn’t suffer in silence. Our Atlanta burns injury attorney at Singleton Law Firm will gladly fight on your behalf to recover compensation for medical expenses, damages, and losses.
Life after a Burn Injury Accident
According to the American Burn Association, about 450,000 people seek professional medical attention for burn injuries every year in the US.
Fires and burn injuries are the leading cause of home fatalities in the US, with nearly 85 percent of these injuries occurring at homes. Patients may fully recover in a few days when facing minor burns. However, patients suffering from severe burns endure intense psychological and physical pain during the treatment phase. Once your treatment phase is over, and the wounds heal, scarring and disfigurement often interfere with mobility, movement, the ability to perform your daily duties, and self-esteem and sense of identity. For most, the effects of a severe burn injury last a lifetime.
In addition to the burn injury’s emotional and physical burden, the patients and their families also face mounting medical bills. Many patients will require continuous treatment and quality rehabilitation, including medications, surgeries, and different therapy forms.
Depending on the severity of a burn injury, recovery after the accident may need long-term medical care, many surgeries, additional mobility devices, and ongoing physical, emotional, and occupational therapy.
At Singleton Law Firm, we have witnessed the devastating impact of burn injuries. Our burn injury attorney has spent over 25 years fighting for victims who suffered burn injuries due to malice or negligence. Every Atlanta burn injury attorney at Singleton Law Firm has extensive knowledge and experience in personal injury litigation, and they’re devoted to getting the maximum possible compensation for our clients. Burn injuries are often the result of:
- Scalding – contact with a hot beverage or hot or boiling water or steam.
- Fire – contact with an open flame.
- Direct contact – contact with hot items such as coals, irons, or lit cigarettes.
- Sub-dermal – contact with dangerous “live” objects such as electric wires and defective electronic appliances.
- Chemical – contact with a harmful and corrosive chemical or its fumes, such as household cleaners and battery fluid.
Other contacts including fireworks, tanning beds, exposure to radiation, and lightning strikes.
Types of Burn Injuries
In 2013, 334 children under 19 died due to fires or burns due to home fires. One hundred twenty-six thousand thirty-five children were treated in emergency rooms for minor and severe burn injuries in 2013.
The four types of burns include:
- Thermal burns – caused by contact with fire, hot liquids, steam, or other extreme heat sources
- Light burns – caused by ultraviolet light or sunlight
- Chemical burns – caused by a chemical explosion, an acid, or alkali
- Radiation burns – caused by contact with nuclear radiation
The three categories of burn severity include:
- First-degree burns – damage the top layer of the skin only. They’re characterized by redness and minor inflammation. They cause minimal damage and heal within one week. They can be treated with cool water (notice!) and aloe vera gel!
- Second-degree burns – damage goes beyond the top layer of skin. They’re characterized by very red, blistered skin. The burns usually take weeks to heal and should be appropriately bandaged.
- Third-degree burns – The worst type of burn. The damage extends through all layers of the skin and can affect bones and organs. They’re characterized by a black or white dry wound and charring. They can cause hypothermia, permanent nerve damage, and even death. Seeking emergency, immediate medical treatment is crucial.
Compensation for Burn Injuries
Burn injuries are expensive and traumatic injuries to treat. A simple first-degree burn can become infected quickly and require professional medical attention. Third-degree burns take years of treatment to heal and have a huge impact on the victim’s quality of life and his or her ability to work. Extensive burns cost thousands of dollars for treatment, repeat admission, and quality rehabilitation.
If you’ve been a victim of a burn injury due to the negligence or carelessness of someone else, you’ll need an experienced and reputable Atlanta burn injury attorney to protect your rights. Serving Atlanta and the surrounding areas, the burn injury attorneys at Singleton Law Firm will fight to compensate for your burn injuries and trauma.
We work on a contingency-fee-basis. Therefore, we don’t get a fee unless we win for you. At Singleton Law Firm, we work as a team, so you benefit from having many lawyers working on your case.
We’re one of the leading law firms in Atlanta, and we’ve been named the Best Lawyers in Atlanta by our peers. We’ve had several leading settlements and verdicts, and we’re ready to put our knowledge and experience to work for you.
Burn Injury Attorney
If you or your loved one have been severely burned, you are legally entitled to damages for your burn injuries.
We’re ready to represent you and go after parties responsible for your injuries. Our Atlanta legal team will build a strong case that will hold those responsible for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages. We look forward to helping you and getting you the justice that you deserve. Do not suffer alone. Contact us today to meet a Burn Injury Attorney. For a FREE case evaluation and consultation, call us at (770) 889-6010 or fill out our online contact form.