Victims of fires and other burn injuries are often left with physical and psychological scars that leave them with overwhelming medical bills, lost wages, and life-changing pain and suffering. When someone else caused the burn injury because of their negligence — such as an apartment landlord failing to follow fire safety laws or an employer not following workplace safety regulations — the victim may be able to seek compensation for these and other losses.
Burn injuries are devastating not only for the victim but for their family as well. Whether it was caused by an explosion, building fire, or a work-related accident, these injuries usually require months of extensive medical treatment, physical therapy, skin grafts, and psychological counseling. Severe burn injuries can lead to permanent physical disabilities, including scarring, disfigurement, nerve damage, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These disabilities will often require extensive medical treatment and prevent you from earning the living you earned prior to your injury.
Burn Injury Facts – The Difference Between First, Second and Third Degree Burns
- First Degree (Superficial Thickness) – A first-degree burn indicates that only the upper-most layer of skin (known as the epidermis) was burned. These burns are similar to sunburns in that the skin will be red but will momentarily turn white when pressure is applied. First degree burns rarely require serious medical attention and typically heal by themselves in a few days.
- Second Degree (Partial Thickness – Superficial) – A second-degree burn indicates that both the top layer of skin (the epidermis) and the second layer of skin (the dermis) have been burned. These burns often lead to blistering and will appear dry with a whitish coloring. Depending upon the depth of the burn, a skin graft may be necessary.
- Third Degree (Partial Thickness – Deep) – A third-degree burn indicates serious damage to both the top layer of skin, the epidermis, and the second layer of skin, the dermis. Skin grafting will most likely be required.
Insurance adjusters, landlords, and others will work hard to minimize payouts to burn injury victims. The insurance companies often undervalue the damages incurred by burn victims, which is why it is important to hire an attorney to assist you with your claim.
If you or someone you know has suffered from a burn injury you may be entitled to compensation.
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