Burn InjurY accident
A burn injury can be one of the most traumatic personal injuries
a person can suffer. The monetary, mental and physical costs of
recovering from a burn injury are staggering. A burn injury can
require months, sometimes years of hospitalization, doctors’ visits,
physical therapy and often extensive counseling to overcome the
mental trauma sustained from suffering such an injury.
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious burn injury due to
someone else's negligence, the attorneys of the Joe Griffith Law
Firm, LLC can help. We will fight to help people all across South
Carolina get fair and just compensation for their burn injuries.
Every year in the United States, approximately 2.4 million burn
injuries are reported. Between 8,000 and 12,000 burn victims will
die, while almost a million will suffer significant or permanent
disabilities because of their burn injury.
The most common injury caused by burns is disfigurement to the skin,
the largest organ of the body. Burns can also result in damage to
the body’s chemistry and organs other than the skin. When burn
injuries are suffered, the severity of the burn will depend on which
layers of the skin become damaged or destroyed.
Burn injuries can be caused by contact with flames, hot liquids,
steam and other intense heat (thermal burns). Some injuries are
caused by contact with sunlight or other ultraviolet light (light
burns). Chemical burns are caused by alkali or acid while radiation
burns occur because of contact with nuclear radiation or ultraviolet
First-degree burns involve only the first layer of skin. If both the
first and second layers of skin are burned this is called a
second-degree burn. The most serious burns are third-degree burns
where all layers of skin and underlying tissue are damaged. Burn
injuries can result from a variety of different activities and
sources. The most common burn injuries are:
- Car accidents
- Gas or Chemical explosions
- Chemical exposures
- Scalding/hot water
- Electrical or electrocution accidents
- Industrial accidents
- Gasoline spills
- Household fires
- Defective candles
- Lighters and matches
- Defective industrial products
The destruction of nerves from any burn is extremely dangerous as
the ability to feel pain is essential to survival. In addition, burn
injuries affect the skin’s ability to prevent loss of body fluids,
so burn injuries can lead to dehydration. The skin also regulates
body temperature by controlling the amount of evaporation of fluids
from the sweat glands. Not only can burn injuries severely affect
the body’s functioning, but they can also drastically alter a
person’s appearance. They frequently result in permanent scars that
can cause severe mental and psychological coping difficulties.
Burn victims injured by the negligence of another person or entity
have legal rights to file a claim against the negligent party to
recover damages. Since burns are among the most expensive
catastrophic injuries to treat, settlements and jury awards in these
cases are often significant. A burn victim may require skin grafts
(a process where burned skin is replaced with healthy skin from
another part of the body), skin replacement (a temporary alternative
to skin graft), physical therapy, and reconstructive surgery (to
repair skin disfigurement and scarring).
Compensation depends on the injury and the ability of your attorney
to prove the level of damage inflicted upon the victim and that the
negligence of others caused the accident. In addition to medical
costs, damage awards may consider pain and suffering, impact to
lifestyle, potential earnings and medical costs.
Whether accidents occur through ignorance, carelessness or
negligence, the consequences remain the same. A personal injury from
a burn involves more than physical and emotional harm, and generally
has a major impact on the victims’ finances, family, job and future.
The attorneys of the Joe Griffith Law Firm, LLC aggressively work
within the justice system to return the victims of personal injury
to the life they led prior to an injury. While
monetary compensation cannot change the past, it can help the victim
meet the challenges of the future.
Call the Joe Griffith Law Firm, LLC, to help you prepare a
comprehensive, compelling case for your right to receive monetary
compensation for any injuries you or your loved one may have
suffered due to a burn injury. We will investigate the facts, assess
your claim, determine which parties and insurance companies are to
be held responsible, organize all of the details of your case and
pursue it vigorously in settlement negotiations or at trial.
You can reach us at 843-CALL-JOE (843-225-5563), or contact us via
our online form.
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