Secure Damages after Severe Burn Injuries
In 2015, over 45,000 Americans were hospitalized with burn injuries, many of whom required long-term care. Burn injuries are not only painful but can result in hefty medical expenses and significant changes in quality of life.
If you or someone you love have suffered a burn injury, contact Tipp Coburn & Associates PC in Missoula, MT, for a free consultation with a burn injury lawyer. We will work tirelessly to seek justice for you or your loved one. Oftentimes these cases are resolved through negotiation, while in others litigation is required. In either scenario, our experienced and accomplished team can help you successfully navigate your claim.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 & Associates PC, we will fight on your behalf to ensure you receive the compensation you need to recover.
Discuss Your Legal Situation with a Professional
Severe burn injuries can have a lasting impact on your physical, emotional, and financial well-being. Learn how you can best receive compensation and begin to recover during a consultation at Tipp Coburn & Associates PC. Schedule your free consultation today by contacting us online or calling (406) 549-5186.
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