Florida Fire and Burn Injury Lawyer
Burns can be the most painful injuries an individual can go through, not to mention the most difficult to heal. These injuries can happen to anyone, anywhere at any time; whether from a home appliance, a fire, or workplace accident. Victims of severe burn injuries go through prolong and expensive treatments.
Going through such an agonizing experience just because of someone else’s negligence isn’t easy. With the help of a personal injury lawyer, this painful journey can become somewhat bearable in terms of monetary compensation. Receiving the best treatments for the burns can become manageable after recovering extensive compensation for the burn injuries and might also help in enhancing the quality of life of the affected individual.
Types of Burn Accident
Following are the major types of burns:
1. Thermal Burns
If you touch a hot object, your skin’s temperature increases to a level where your skin begins to dry. Steam, flames, scalding liquids, and hot metals can result in thermal burns.
2. Scalding Burns
This is a type of thermal burn which is caused by heated liquids like boiling water. Typically, scalding burns result in second or first-degree burns. However, prolonged exposure to heated liquid can cause third-degree burns.
3. Chemical Burns
Chemical burns are caused when the skin is exposed to strong detergents, solvents or acids.
4. Electrical Burns
This type of burn is caused when your skin is exposed to electric current.
It is important to immediately consult a medical professional if you or someone you know experiences any of these burns in order to avoid more damage and pain.
Burn Degree Classification
While there are different types of burn, they all vary according to the situation. The burns are classified in the following categories:
This type of burn damages your skin’s outer layer. First-degree burns usually heal on their own in a week.
This type of burn damages both the inner and outer layer of the skin. In some cases, a skin graft is required for second-degree burns. A skin graft is a process where healthy skin gets transplanted to the burned skin, which enables it to heal properly.
This is the most severe type of burn which destroys both layers of the skin. Sweat glands, hair follicles, and other tissues are also damaged in third-degree burns. For these burns, a skin graft is always required.
Treatments for Burns
If you receive burns in any part of your body, it is highly recommended that you immediately consult a doctor and receive first aid. A health care professional would recommend medications and other treatment options as per your burn situation. Typically, the following treatments are common to treat burns:
- Surgical procedures
- Occupational and physical therapy in case of severe damage
- Tetanus shot
- Medications for infections, if required
- Dressing for the wound
- Burn ointments and creams
- Anxiety and pain medications
- Fluids to avoid dehydration
- Water-based treatments
The medical team can recommend the best treatment option for you after a thorough examination.
Types of Fire and Burn Claims
You can be entitled to financial compensation if the negligence of the other party is proved. Depending on the situation, the loss can be covered by insurances. However, fire and burn cases are also based on emotional scarring and issues caused by the injuries. With a skilled lawyer, you may be able to make the following claims:
- Damages caused to children and spouse
- Loss of earning capabilities
- Loss of wages and earnings
- Disfigurement or scarring compensation
- Loss of use and physical impairment compensation
- Compensation for losing the ability to enjoy life
- Disability compensation
- Pain and suffering compensation
- Past medical expenses recovery
- Current and future treatment and care compensation
- Property damages, if any
Other claims can also be made depending on the situation of the accident.
How Can a Personal Injury Lawyer Assist You?
The individual(s) responsible for causing fire and burn injuries to you or someone you know is obligated by law to compensate you for all the damages. It might be hard to determine which individual, a group of people or organizations are legally responsible for your injuries. This is the reason why you need to consult a skilled and qualified personal injury lawyer to investigate and file a claim on your behalf.
There are numerous factors involved in a fire in burn cases. It can get tricky to prove whether the owner of a home was responsible for causing the fire that spread and caused your injury or if the owner of the store was responsible for causing burn risks to their customers. The most complicated burn cases are chemical burns.
If you or your loved one has eye damage, irritation or other issues due to the extra amount of chlorine in the public pool then the owners and management of the pool would be responsible to compensate you. If exposed to chemicals at your workplace accident, then you would be entitled to receive workers’ compensation coverage. If you received burns due to a defective product, the manufacturer of the product can be sued for liability claims. All situations are different and you can receive the best possible outcome with the help of an expert injury lawyer.
If you or someone you know have suffered fire and burn injuries in Florida as a result of someone else’s negligence, contact Shiner Law Group now to get a free evaluation of the case. Our expert fire and burn injury lawyers will help you in recovering the best possible compensation from the negligent party that may be able to enhance your treatment options, offer support to your family, and assist you in other ways as well.