Burn injuries are a leading cause of death in America, killing one person every two hours and thirty-five minutes, according to the American Burn Association. When victims do survive, they typically face excruciating pain and possible long-term effects, such as disfigurement or a limited range of motion.
If you or a loved one has suffered a burn injury due to another person’s negligence, speak to an attorney with the law firm of Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, LLP. today. Our Fairfax burn injury lawyers have decades of experience protecting the rights of burn victims. Contact us to schedule a free consultation and discuss your legal options.
These are the most common types of burn injuries that occur:
First degree burns: These are superficial burns that only affect the outer layer of skin or the epidermis, and becomes very red and is painful. Sunburns are the most common of first degree burns.
Second degree burns: Affects the epidermis and the outermost layer of skin below it, called the dermis. The dermis contains blood capillaries, nerve endings, hair follicles, and sweat glands. These burns are typically pink or red in color when pressed. Deep second degree burns are dry and whitish in color, don’t blanch when pressure is applied and may leave thick scars.
Third degree: A very serious type of burn that destroys all layers of skin and can extend into subcutaneous tissue. The injured area will appear charred, white or black, and leather-like. Because extensive nerve damage occurs, victims tend to feel less physical pain at the burn site. Skin grafting or the use of synthetic skin may be necessary.
Fourth degree: The most severe type of burn injury, as muscle, fat, tendons and even bones are typically damaged in addition to all layers of skin being destroyed. Amputation of the area may be imperative and extensive skin grafts are usually needed. Victims will often suffer from some degree of impairment.
Determining who is liable for a burn injury heavily relies on the situation in which the burn occurred. When negligence is involved, liability can be narrowed down in order to hold the responsible party financially accountable for any damages sustained. Some examples include:
Choosing to work with a lawyer is critical to your case due to their knowledge and experience in handling burn injury cases. It will ensure that the correct liable parties are identified and held responsible. An attorney also has the money and the resources to investigate the facts surrounding your accident in order to construct a powerful case on your behalf.
Since you will be advocated for, you won’t have to worry about the time consuming and complex legal process of filing a personal injury claim. All of the paperwork and negotiations with insurance companies or other parties to reach a settlement will be taken care of. All of your focus can be directed towards healing.
The law firm of Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, LLP, is an experienced group of burn injury lawyers in Fairfax who passionately advocate for our clients and care about their well-being. Speak to an experienced lawyer today if you or a loved one is suffering from a burn injury and have your case evaluated at no cost to you. Call (703) 498-2928 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation.