Burn injuries are some of the most painful injuries a person can suffer in an accident. In addition to the physical pain, there is often psychological pain and suffering as burn injuries can cause permanent scarring or disfigurement that changes the victim’s appearance.
If the accident that caused your injury was the result of negligence, you should contact a Columbus burn injury lawyer to find out if you are entitled to compensation for damages. Your consultation with our experienced traumatic injury attorneys is free and you will not be charged legal fees unless you receive fair compensation.
TYPES OF BURN INJURY CLAIMS
Our personal injury attorneys represent victims of various types of burn injuries, including electrical burns, chemical burns, burns caused by natural gas or propane explosions, and burns caused by hot water or oil.
These injuries can happen in many different situations, including:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Fires at houses or offices
- Accidents at construction sites
- Fires caused by arson
- Accidents that cause chemical spills
These dangerous situations are often the result of another person or entities’ reckless or intentional actions. For example, car accidents that cause burn injuries are often the result of other drivers who are not paying attention or are disobeying traffic laws.
In the case of defective products, manufacturers can be considered negligent for producing and distributing products that catch fire, including hair dryers or leaky gas tanks.
Negligence also occurs at construction sites and other job sites when employers do not follow safety procedures and they put employees in hazardous situations.
When these or other forms of negligence cause you to suffer a burn injury, it is important to understand your legal rights. That is why you should meet with a skilled Columbus lawyer to discuss the circumstances of your burn injury.
You could be entitled to compensation for many of the expenses you have incurred because of your injury, including surgeries, lost wages from missed work and psychological counseling.
EFFECTS OF BURN INJURIES
The amount of pain and physical damage caused by a burn injury depends on the severity of the burn, with first-degree burns being the least severe and third-degree burns being the most severe.
- First-degree burns often do not require much hospitalization and they tend to heal in a few days or a week. That is because these types of burns affect only the outer layer of skin.
- Second-degree burns damage the outer and inner layers of skin and may not heal for a month or more. In some cases, the burned area may be wet or blister.
- Third-degree burns may not heal for months because these burns damage tissue, muscle and bone. Victims of third-degree burns often have permanent scarring and disfigurement.
Burn injuries often require skin grafting, a painful procedure where healthy skin is removed from another part of the victim’s body and placed over the burned area. During the procedure, victims face the risk of excessive bleeding and infections.
Even if the procedure goes well, the grafted skin may die and victims could develop chronic pain that could require ongoing medical treatment or the use of prescription medications.
The victim could also be dealing with permanent scarring and disfigurement, which could cause significant psychological and emotional trauma.
Our attorneys in Columbus know about all of the injuries and other damages that result from burns. That is why we are firmly committed to fighting for the rights of those who suffer burn injuries due to negligence.
SCHEDULE A FREE CONSULTATION WITH OUR COLUMBUS BURN INJURY ATTORNEYS
The most important thing you can do after receiving medical treatment for a burn injury is to call a reputable Columbus burn injury lawyer to review your claim.
An attorney can help you find out if you have grounds to pursue a personal injury claim for damages related to your injuries.
If your injury was caused by negligence, the people or parties who engaged in negligence should be held accountable and you should be compensated.
The lawyers at O’Connor, Acciani & Levy will aggressively pursue all of the compensation you are entitled. We understand how bad burn injuries can be and how compensation can help victims recover from the physical and financial damage their injury has caused.
All of our clients are entitled to a free, no obligation consultation and we work on a contingency fee basis, which means we do not receive compensation unless our clients are compensated first.