Burn Injury Lawyer
Burn injuries are not only among the most painful types of injuries. They can result in hefty medical expenses and significant changes in your quality of life.
If you or someone you love has suffered a burn injury in Montana due to another party’s negligent behavior, our law firm can help in these challenging times.
See how Tipp Coburn Lockwood, P.C., in Missoula, helps those in need of a burn injury lawyer.
Severe Burn Injuries Have Long-Lasting Effects
According to the American Burn Association, over 40,000 Americans were hospitalized with burn injuries in 2016, many of whom required long-term care.
We will work tirelessly to seek justice for you or your loved one. Often, these cases are resolved through negotiation, while in others, litigation is required. In either scenario, our compassionate and accomplished team in Missoula can help you successfully navigate your claim.
Discuss Your Case With A Dedicated Professional
Severe burn injuries can have a lasting impact on your physical, emotional, and financial well-being. At the offices of Tipp Coburn Lockwood in Missoula, our attorneys will fight for your right to just compensation so that you can focus on healing during this difficult time.
Types Of Burn Injuries
Before determining how to proceed with your case, our team must first understand the extent of and circumstances surrounding the injury. While nearly everyone has experienced a burn injury, certain injuries are more serious than others. Where mild burns, such as sunburns, can be treated with burn cream and time, severely painful, debilitating, and even deadly burns typically require more intensive medical care:
- First-degree burns: These burns affect the top layer of skin and cause redness, swelling and peeling skin. They typically will heal in a few days or a week, as the affected skin cells shed.
- Second-degree burns: These burns reach beneath the top layer of skin and often leave victims with redness, swelling and open blisters. Second-degree burns typically take a few weeks or more to heal.
- Third-degree burns: These burns extend through every layer of skin and to the underlying soft tissue. They are immensely painful and require hospitalization at an intensive care or burn unit. They can leave the victim permanently scarred and can even be fatal.
- Fourth-degree burns: Often fatal, fourth-degree burns involve an injury to deeper tissues, such as bone, muscles or tendons.
The extent of the injury will determine the best way to proceed with your case.
Where And How Did The Burn Happen?
How and where a burn injury is sustained is important information for our injury attorneys so that our team can identify the at-fault party and determine the degree of the defendant’s liability. A serious burn can happen at any number of places and occur in multiple ways, such as at the workplace, due to a faulty consumer product, arson, or any kind of accident caused by negligence.
If you have suffered a burn due to a negligent person or party, the burn injury lawyers at Tipp Coburn Lockwood will review your case during a free consultation so that our team can advise you on how to move forward with your personal injury claim.
Causes Of Burn Injuries
Knowing the circumstances surrounding your injury is essential to understanding what medical care is necessary and what the potential expenses are. The causes are usually categorized as:
- Thermal: Thermal burns result from contact with or exposure to heat, including fires, explosions, irons, ovens, boiling hot liquids, or heated coals and glass.
- Electrical: Because electrical burns often cause both external and internal damage, they always require medical evaluation. Even if they look fine on the outside, there may still be unseen damage.
- Chemical: Resulting from highly acidic or alkaline substances, chemical burns likewise require special care to avoid serious injury to your skin or eyes.
- Radiological: Radiological burns are caused by exposure to radiation. While mild burns from the sun usually heal on their own, those from stronger radiation often require decontamination.
Once we understand what led to the injury, we can construct a cause that more effectively addresses your financial and legal concerns.
Reach Out To Our Firm
The law firm of Tipp Coburn Lockwood has represented more than 7,500 clients since 1959. Our legal team is affiliated with a number of professional organizations including:
- National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- National Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
- National College for DUI Defense
Driving is one of the most dangerous activities the general public participates in on a daily basis. Besides the risks of general vehicle collisions on the road, a vehicle fire can make a bad situation exponentially worse if one or more vehicles involved in an accident catch fire. Determining liability in a vehicle fire can be based on a number of factors including manufacturing and design defects of the vehicle, negligence on the part of employers for providing unsafe work vehicles, and more.
Workplace Burn Injuries
Unless a worker is injured on the job due to employer negligence, a workplace burn injury will be paid by the worker’s compensation insurance. The laws around worker’s compensation laws are incredibly complex, and an injured worker should consider hiring a lawyer who specializes in worker’s rights. Fortunately, the law firm of Tipp Coburn Lockwood can provide assistance in these matters.
Short- And Long-Term Effects Of Burn Injuries
Severe burn injuries can have lasting physical, emotional and financial effects on the victim. In addition to lasting pain, victims are also left with mental anguish and hefty expenses.
Third-degree burns in particular often require weeks or months of hospitalization, surgeries and other interventions. Physicians may use skin grafts to cover the burned areas, but the procedure carries the risk of infection and lost sensation. The process can be lengthy and may cause scars or permanent disfigurement.
Severe burn injuries can have a lasting impact on your physical, emotional, and financial well-being.
Our attorneys can review your injury case at our Missoula, office and discuss your options so you can make an educated decision on how to proceed.
Legal Damages In A Burn Injury Lawsuit
As a burn injury victim, you deserve to be fully compensated for the physical, emotional and financial struggles you have endured, including:
- Past, current and future medical expenses, including surgeries, medications and treatments
- Wages lost while taking time away from work for surgery and recovery
- Potential future wages lost if you can no longer work
- Loss of consortium
- Emotional pain and suffering resulting from your injuries
- Loss of enjoyment if your injury prevents you from partaking in pleasurable activities
At Tipp Coburn Lockwood, we will fight on your behalf to ensure you receive the compensation you need to recover.
Our attorneys have been fighting for Montanans since 1959. Over the years, we have represented more than 7,500 clients and helped them recover millions of dollars in compensation. We are affiliated with renowned legal organizations, including The National Trial Lawyers and the Montana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.