If you or a loved one has suffered burn injuries due to the fault of another or while on the job, then you may be entitled to receive money for your medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, scarring, or other losses. Our law firm works with some of the more experienced attorneys, who can file a burn lawsuit on your behalf, and there is no legal fee unless you receive a settlement or award. Call us or visit us online for a free consultation.
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Representing Burn Injury Victims in Lee County, Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Lehigh Acres and Estero
Do I Have A Burn Injury Case?
If you have suffered burn injuries, then you may be entitled to receive monetary compensation for your losses. The Law office of Peter M Dennis and Associates personal injury lawyers can help in determining whether you have a burn lawsuit, workers’ compensation claim, and/or Social Security Disability claim. You may have a valid claim if you suffered burns in a car accident, motorcycle accident, or truck accident. Additionally, you may have a legal claim if a smoke detector was defective, or if your landlord failed to disclose or fix fire hazards. Workers’ compensation covers injuries, including burns, which occur during the course of employment. Employees can receive money to cover their medical expenses, lost wages, and rehabilitation. If you have become disabled due to burn injuries, you may also qualify for Social Security Disability benefits.
What Are The Most Common Causes of Burn Injuries?
- Car and Boat accidents
- Construction accidents
- Defective smoke detectors
- Defective products
- Electrical equipment
- Gas appliances
- Gas spills
- Hot grease/oil
- Hot water/scalding water
- House fires
- Improperly stored flammable materials
- Industrial accidents
- Plumbing accidents
- Propane heaters
- Space heaters
- Tanning beds
- Trucking accidents
- Water heater explosions
- Welding equipment
What Are The Different Degrees Of Burns?
Government statistics show that in the United States, about 1.1 million people seek medical treatment for burns annually. Of that group, 50,000 require hospitalization, 20,000 have burns affecting more than 25% of their body, and 4,500 die (i). Additionally, the National Fire Protection Association has reported that in just one year, fire departments responded to more than 1.3 million fires which caused over $11 billion in property damage (ii). These statistics demonstrate the frequency with which fires occur and the seriousness of their resulting injuries.
A burn is an injury to the skin caused by chemicals, electricity, friction, heat, or radiation. These injuries range in severity from first degree burns (least severe) to fourth degree burns (most severe).
- First degree burns only affect the outer layer of skin. They cause redness without blisters. These burns are painful to touch but typically heal within a week.
- Second degree burns are injuries which affect several layers of the skin causing redness and blisters. These burns are typically more painful and take more time to heal. These burns must be treated properly in order to avoid infection and scarring.
- Third degree burns extend to every layer of skin. These burns cause the skin to turn black or white and can even destroy nerve endings. Third degree burns can sometimes require skin grafts and can even take months to heal.
- Fourth degree burns not only damage the skin, but also damage tissue and bone. These are the most serious class of burns and can result in amputation, disability, or even death.
What Future Complications Can Burn Injuries Lead To?
How Are Burn Injuries Treated?
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References: (i) Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Burns. http://www.cdc.gov/masstrauma/factsheets/public/burns.pdf; (ii) National Fire Protection Association, Fire Loss in the United States During 2011. http://www.nfpa.org/news-and-research/publications/nfpa-journal/2012/september-october-2012/features/fire-loss-in-the-united-states-during-2011 ; (iii) Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Burns. http://www.cdc.gov/masstrauma/factsheets/public/burns.pdf